Chinese chip maker Allwinner is introducing a new line of ARM-based processors aimed at  a variety of devices including laptops, TV boxes, and “Internet of Things” connected devices such as smart Bluetooth speakers.

The most powerful of the bunch is the Allwinner R58 octa-core chip which could power devices like laptop computers.

In fact, Charbax from ARM Devices recently got a chance to check out a demo of a laptop featuring an R58 processor.

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The chip features eight ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores clocked at 2 GHz, PowerVR SGX 544 graphics, and support for 1080p video playback at 60 frames per second.

The laptop prototype appears to be running a custom version of Google Android which looks a lot like Jide’s Remix OS, but which has a Windows-like app launcher that I haven’t seen before.

Allwinner says the R58 chip should be available this year, along with the mid-range Allwinner R16 quad-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Mali 400 MP2 graphics and the entry-level Allwinner R8 1 GHz single-core ARM Cortex-A8 processor with Mali 400 MP2 graphics.

Next year the company will move to new chips named, Allwinner R88, R18, and R6, respectively — and Allwinner says the high-end chips may support Windows 10 as well as Android.

 

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8 replies on “Allwinner unveils R58 octa-core chip for laptops, TV boxes”

  1. so hard to follow the nonmeclature names of AllWinner. I have to dig to find out if the product I like is the most recent processor or not. On a side question, are any of these devices using AllWinner any good??

    1. I’ve been impressed with the performance of the Allwinner A80 Octa. Most of the company’s chips prior to that offered pretty sluggish performance, but I think Allwinner has finally figured out how to make a decent chip for mid-range devices.

      1. Any in particular device/make? I find it hard to go through so many options running different combinations of hardware. I am just curious.

  2. Where are the 5 operating systems they promised with the a80? Terrible support

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