Chinese chip maker Rockchip’s processors may not be as ubiquitous these days as those from rival MediaTek. But over the past few years we’ve seen multiple companies release Chromebooks, mini PCs, and other devices with the company’s RK3399 processor (or the closely-related OP1 chip).

So what’s next for Rockchip? Next year the company plans to launch the RK3588, an 8nm octa-core processor featuring four ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores, four ARM Cortex-A55 cores, and support for 8K video playback.

Rockchip released details about the upcoming chip at an event in China this week, where the company explained that the move to 8nm should reduce power consumption by as much as 40 percent, while increasing performance by up to 25 percent.

The RK3588 should go into mass production in the first quarter of 2020, so we could see it in Chromebooks, mini PCs, and other devices early next year.

Other new chips on the horizon include the RK3530 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor and additional chips for IoT, audio, video, and wireless applications.

via CNX-Software



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6 replies on “Rockchip roadmap includes 8nm ARM Cortex-A76 chips (coming in 2020)”

  1. The RK 3588 is the sort of chip we need in windows laptops so we can have something other than the Intel/AMD monopoly…ang given that Qualcomm is wanting $1000 for it`s underperforming ARM chips…we need an alternative!

    1. Why windows?, Arm does NOT need bloody windows. Windows == Sucks!. Oh thats right Microsh@ft / Winderz needs qualcomm to save them. I say let them sink with intel, ss wintel takes on water.

  2. I was hoping that rock64pro (rk3399) would make some traction in linux video drivers… but they didn’t.
    Odroid C2 played 4k video, but lower resolution video files looked like crap when upscaled. C2’s 4k desktop was very sluggish too. I am hoping that Odroid n2 makes progress on 4k video and desktop, but I am skeptical there too.

    1. Eh?, So I guess Panfrost is not a driver?, you could always use the Arm Mali blob also.

  3. Here is the summary of the announcement:

    RK3588

    – SoC
    – 8nm processing
    – Quad A76 + quad A55
    – 4K UI
    – NPU 2.0

    – Multimedia
    – 8K VPU
    – ISP 2.0
    – VOP 2.0
    – Rich interfaces

    – Applications
    – General computing
    – Edge computing
    – Multimedia processing

    RK3530

    – Quad A55 CPU + Mali G52 GPU
    – Suppport large DDR3, LPDDR4/LPDDR4x
    – VPU 2.0, support 4K HDR, H264/265/AVS2
    – HDMI/USB 3.0/SATA/GbE
    – Samples available in Q3 2019

    RV1109

    – Dual core CPU, NPU 2.0, 14nm
    – ISP2.0, dual camera input and processing
    – VPU 2.0, 4K H264/265 encoding/decoding
    – Samples available in Q4 2019

    RK2108:

    – ARM M4F + Audio DSP
    – High freqence, large storage, high integration, ultra low power
    – For voice/audio apllications, MCU applications
    – Samples available in Q3 2019

    RK912

    – QFN 40
    – Board level design
    – WLAN802.11 b/g/n
    – MP in Q2

    https://www.96rocks.com/blog/2019/04/24/rockchip-roadmap-rk3588-rk3530-and-more/

    1. Any clue about the GPU in that flagship RK3588 ?
      I’m hoping for at least an ARM Mali G76MP8, but more importantly, some proper graphics drivers for linux to use (great for Custom Roms, Linux distros, and even Windows10 systems).

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