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.
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.