Feeds

Chinese chipsters promise 64-bit ARMs for cheap Android slabs

Allwinner, Actions Semi pledge parts by late 2014 – but can they outpace Samsung?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Chinese cheap'n'cheerful chip designer Allwinner has boasted that its first 64-bit ARM system-on-chips for tablets will in punters' hands by the end of 2014.

Allwinner said in a statement on Wednesday that the new components will be based on the ARMv8-A architecture and will include support for 4K video and hardware H.265 decoding.

A development board based on the 64-bit SoC should be available in time for the Hong Kong Electronics Fair in October, the company said.

"Allwinner has been the No.1 chipset vendor for Android tablets in terms of chipset shipment in both 2012 and 2013," said Jack Lee, Allwinner's chief marketing officer. "We're highly confident to take the championship in the coming 64-bit era, just as what we've achieved in the 32-bit era."

But Allwinner won't be alone in the market. Rival fabless chipsters Actions Semiconductor announced last month it had licensed ARM's 64-bit Cortex-A50 processor cores for use in its own tablet-oriented SoCs, which it says will also be available in late 2014.

"With the mobile industry rapidly migrating from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems, we expect our next generation SoCs utilizing this IP will allow us to compete more effectively in both the branded and whitebox segments of the tablet and OTT set top box markets," Actions CEO Zhenyu Zhou said at the time.

Both Chinese companies will compete with South Korean mobile titan Samsung, which has been marketing cut-rate 64-bit ARMv8 chips specifically for the Chinese market since late last year.

The market for 64-bit chips for mobile devices is heating up now, however, thanks in large part to the efforts of nonprofit software outfit Linaro, which successfully ported the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to the ARMv8-A architecture earlier this month.

That reference platform should make it easier for white-box vendors to whip together low-cost Android fondleslabs for the Asia region, where 10-inch tablets can retail for as little as $70. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.