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MiQi is a $35 single-board computer with Rockchip RK3288

Looking for a credit card-sized computer with a quad-core, ARM-based processor and only have $35 to spend? You could opt for the Raspberry Pi 3. But another option is on the way. The MiQi is the same size and price as a Raspberry Pi 3, but this little single-board computer/developer board features a Rockchip processor, […]

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Rockchip’s RK3368 chip: Not as fast as last year’s RK3288?

Budget chip maker Rockchip offers a range of processors for low-cost Android tablets, TV boxes, and other devices. A few years ago the company’s RK3188 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor was all the rage, offering decent performance at a low price. Last year the company’s RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor stepped up the game with even […]

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Chromebooks with Rockchip processors are priced at $149 and up

Google and several computer makers are introducing a new line of Chrome OS laptops featuring Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processors and low price tags. In fact, Haier and Hisense are each launching new Chromebooks with starting prices of $149. These aren’t the first Chrome OS laptops to feature ARM-based processors. Samsung launched a line […]

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Lilbits (1-26-2015): Using tablets as desktops

There are a growing number of Windows tablets that sell for under $200. In fact, some cost less then $100. While they’re positioned as low-cost alternatives to Apple iPads or tablets running Android, most of these little tablets have Intel processors and support for running full-fledged Windows desktop apps. It can be tricky to actually use […]

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Rikomagic MK902 II Android box with RK3288 (mini-review)

The Rikomagic MK902 II is a TV box that brings Android apps such as Netflix, YouTube, or XBMC/Kodie media center to your TV. Launched this summer, the box sells for about $127, and features some of the most powerful hardware currently available in a small, Android-powered TV box including a  quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 processor,  2GB […]

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ARM Cortex-A12 and Cortex-A17 chips are identical

When Chinese chip maker Rockchip launched its RK3288 processor earlier this year there was some confusion about whether it was based on ARM Cortex-A12 or Cortex-A17 designs. It turns out it doesn’t matter: ARM says that while the two types of chips were originally designed to offer different performance levels, but due to demand for better […]