$5 A64 SoC: an Android 5.0 Lollipop based H1 2015 solution for the entry-level 64-bit tablets

The Zhuhai based Allwinner Technology Co. as the leader in the entry-level tablet space for the last 3 years is to continue its winning strategy with a new Cortex-A53 based quadcore solution. “In a few months you will definitely see devices” – told the company representative on the CES 2015 in an interview. Read also The Cortex-A53 as the Cortex-A7 replacement core is succeeding as a sweet-spot IP for various 64-bit high-volume market SoCs to be delivered from H2 CY14 on [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Dec 23, 2013] post on my another blog.

Update: Allwinner A64 tablet, April 12, 2015, Notebook Italia [at HK Fair, April 11-14, 2015]

Main features of Allwinner A64 includes:
64-bit Cortex-A53 architecture
Supports H.265/H.264 video decoding in hardware, and supports HDMI 4K display
Supports various DDR memory types, making the BOM cost more competitive
Supports eMMC 5.0 for better IO performance and enhanced data throughput capacity
Allwinner’s exclusive patented SmartColor display technology, delivering more vivid and eye-pleasing visual experience
Supports the latest Trusted Firmware security architecture from ARMAs the first design house in China that have distributed Android 5.0 Lollipop to its tablet lineup, Allwinner Technology will keep the momentum and release Android 5.0 to Allwinner A64 when it comes out. It’s also worthy of notice that the Linux kernel that Allwinner A64’s based on upgrades to the latest 3.10 version, perfectly matching with the 64-bit architecture and Android 5.0 operating system.

Allwinner is also one of the fastest vendors to support Android 5.0 Lollipop, having an engineering team dedicated to updating to the new version as soon as Google releases it. In order to appreciate the significance of that read also The roll-out of Google’s Material Design and the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Android L) [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Nov 12, 2014] post on my another blog.

The new A64 SoC will enable to play with the previous entry-level quadcore at somewhat even lower prices. Read the Launching the mass production of $4 Allwinner A33-based tablets for the $30 to $60 entry level segment of the market [this same blog, July 30, 2014] post in order to appreciate that. Note as well that accoprding to the company representative on the CES 2015 Android 5.0 Lollipop is already available for the 32-bit A-33.

Allwinners $5 A64 SoC for the entry-level 64-bit tablets -- 8-Jan-2015

January 8, 2015: Allwinner A64:the Most Cost-Efficient 64-bit Tablet Processor! Priced at $5 press release

Today, Allwinner Technology unveiled its first 64-bit processor Allwinner A64 for tablet application. Priced at $5, Allwinner A64 definitely will be the most cost-efficient 64-bit tablet processor ever!

Main features of Allwinner A64 includes:

  • 64-bit Cortex-A53 architecture
  • Supports H.265/H.264 video decoding in hardware, and supports HDMI 4K display
  • Supports various DDR memory types, making the BOM cost more competitive
  • Supports eMMC 5.0 for better IO performance and enhanced data throughput capacity
  • Allwinner’s exclusive patented SmartColor display technology, delivering more vivid and eye-pleasing visual experience
  • Supports the latest Trusted Firmware security architecture from ARM

As the first design house in China that have distributed Android 5.0 Lollipop to its tablet lineup, Allwinner Technology will keep the momentum and release Android 5.0 to Allwinner A64 when it comes out. It’s also worthy of notice that the Linux kernel that Allwinner A64’s based on upgrades to the latest 3.10 version of the Linux kernel, perfectly matching with the 64-bit architecture and Android 5.0 operating system.

More details about Allwinner A64 are to be disclosed in the near future.

Update: April 10, 2015, A64_全志科技

Allwinner A64_全志科技

CPU Quad-core Cortex-A53
GPU Mali400MP2 GPU
Supports OpenGL ES 2.0 , Open VG1.1
Video Supports H.265 4K@30fps video decoding
Supports multi-format 1080p@60fps video decoding, including H.264 BP/MP/HP, VP8, MPEG1/2, MPEG4 SP/ASP GMC,
H.263 including Sorenson Spark, WMV9/VC-1, JPEG/MJPEG, etc
Supports H.264 1080p@60fps or 720p@120fps video encoding
Display Supports MIPI DSI up to 1920×1200
Supports LVDS up to 1366×768, support RGB up to 1920×1200
Supports 4K HDMI output with HDCP
Supports HDMI CEC
Supports HDMI 3D function
Camera Supports 5M pixel camera sensor
Memory Supports LPDDR2/ LPDDR3/ DDR3 / DDR3L SDRAM
Supports 8-bit SLC/MLC/TLC/EF NAND with 64-bit ECC
Supports SD/eMMC/tSD/fSD/efSD
Package BGA, 396 balls, 0.65mm pitch, 15mm x 15mm

 

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