Chinese chip maker Rockchip makes ARM-based processors that often show up in Chinese tablets… and sometimes in devices from Western companies as well. Last year Rockchip introduced the RK3066 dual core chip which has proven very popular with Chinese tablet makers. This year the company followed up with the RK3188 quad-core CPU.

Now Rockhip is introducing a new dual-core chip called the RK3168 that uses less power than last year’s model.


While the RK3066 processor is a 40 nanometer chip, the new RK3168 is a 28nm chip (like the company’s quad-core processor).

That makes it more efficient, and the company is showing off a demo of a tablet with an RK3168 chip playing 1080p video while consuming less than 1W of power.

Like it’s predecessor, the new processor is an ARM Cortex-A9 chip which should be able to handle Google Android, and possibly other operating systems as well.

via ARMDevices

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7 replies on “Rockchip introduces 28nm RK3168 dual core processor for mobile devices”

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  1. Silly. Why do they still use A9, when A15 is much faster and A7 is about as fast but uses only a fragment of the power?

    1. The use of ARM technology requires licenses… which aren’t free and changing technology means getting new licenses, and it’s easier to design and use established technology than the latest bleeding edge.

      Newer technology also has to be vetted and prices reduced before it becomes wide spread. Even now the market is hardly saturated with Cortex A15 or A7 products from even the big name companies.

      So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a usually low cost product line like Rockchip would still be using older technology. While it doesn’t mean they won’t still be good products for the mid to low end range they usually cater to.

  2. I really like Rockchip, they have a descent T.I company name, different from usual chinese tradition, and they are really good, as well. Maybe they will be lider chips in the future!!We’ll see….

    1. for tablet, but for hdmi stick, all are very very negative in rom and in wifi module.

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