Rockchip’s 28nm HKMG RK31xx processor is sampling

Posted by Charbax – September 25, 2012

EEtimes published this Interview with Rockchip's vice president Feng Chen about the status of the Chinese ARM Processor industry:

Here are some quotes:

By volume, the Android tablet sector has grown to an estimated 80 million units, outpacing the 75 million iPads sold by Apple thus far, according to estimates by Rockchip vice president Feng Chen.

At the beginning of 2012, the target price of a 7-inch capacitive screen media tablet featuring Cortex-A8 was $99. That price has since dropped to around $65, due largely to Allwinner

"now, as end-product cycles get shorter, we do everything from designing a chip to developing a board and software that goes around the hardware -- literally within a couple of months,” he explained. In March, for example, Rockchip started to design its RK3066, a dual-core Cortex A9 chip with a quad-core Mali-400 GPU. By April, it hustled to showcase sample tablets based on the chip at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. By May, the company began shipping the new apps processor to its customers.

RF31xx is a dual core Cortex A9 product designed for tablets and smartphones. Using Globalfoundries' high-k 28-nm process, “we can reduce cost, gain performance, but most importantly, we will reduce power consumption for tablets,” said Chen. “This gives us a better chance for competing against MediaTek,” which uses TSMC's more conservative process node.

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  • Maventwo

    And on engadget .com they have the announcement from GlobalFoundries that they have now developed av FinFET transistor or 3D-transistor (as Intel call this transistor design).

    And Taiwanese TSMC is also developing FinFet-transistor.
    So, it is only a matter of time before other ARM-licensers and ARM-based SoC processor makers also have developed FinFET transistors.

    Is Rockcip making it´s own SoC-processors or is Rockchip like Qualcomm a fabless developer of ARM-based processors?

  • Rockchip is fabless at Globalfoundries for their next-generation 28nm stuff, I guess they were at TSMC for their current RK2918 and RK3066. I’ve heard ARM talk about using Finfets 3D process designs for years, I filmed them talking about 14nm a couple years ago at ARM Techcon 2010: and I interviewed TSMC talking about 7nm process designs last year: what I think the ARM community’s argument is is that they implement all these processor technologies not before it makes sense to implement for ARM in a way that can be used by the mass market, thus affordable, lowest power consumption designs as possible.

    Thus if Intel’s marketing around these terms is about them somehow claiming to have exclusivity on things like HKMG, FinFets, smaller nm process designs, that’s just not true, it’s that Intel does stuff for a much smaller market comparatively, sells these processors for much higher prices, maybe 20x higher prices, and that they consume unusable high amounts of power.

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  • Maventwo

    But anyway it is still to early to count in the planar-transistor architecture.
    Suvolta have developed new gate tech for making it possible to make planar-transistors in cmos which works in sub 1volt.

  • itsme

    From what I know RK31xx should be single core Cortex A9 28nm RK32xx is quad core Cortex A9 28nm. They decided to make the RK31xx dual core too?

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