Over this past week, I filmed at some of the factories and PCB design houses that are ramping up mass production of their new Allwinner A33 with Mali400MP2 based tablet designs, including Yifang, Neostra, Aikun, Storex, ChipHD and iNet. Allwinner sells the complete SoC at only $4, to that the PCB designs and factories add all the other components that make up a tablet, reaching prices below $33 for 7″ tablets with 1024×600 displays when bought in bulks of more than 5000 pieces (as you can see in the Neostra video). Allwinner positions their new A33 chipset as the new entry-level performance to be expected in the entry-level Android tablets to be sold worldwide. Not only improving the multi-core performance, Allwinner has also improved power consumption through optimizing the DDR RAM system, an advanced fabrication process, optimized DVFS technology, and a unique Talking Standby mode that allows extremely low power consumption during voice calls. Mali400MP2 GPU architecture. A33 is pin-compatible with A23 dual core, offers 1080p video playback and capture, Integrated MIPI DSI controller, up to 1280×800, SmartColor display technology and an Integrated Hi-Fi audio codec.
Here’s the tagline at http://www.mixtile.com “Build Your OWN Home Media Server Running Linux, Android and XBMC.” and “Easy connect via Gigabyte Ethernet, WiFi 802.11a/g/n and ZigBee” sounds good. Here are some of the specs of the Mixtile LOFT-Q:
· Mini PC Powered by AllWinner A31 (Quad Core Cortex-A7)
· Build Your OWN Home Media Server
· Open-source BSP, U-Boot and Linux Kernel
· ZigBee + Gigabit Ethernet + WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
· USB x 4, SATA, HDMI, TOSLINK/3.5mm JACK
· Board $89/Suite $119
I filmed Eken many times and on January 11th 2012 at their booth it was the first time I heard about Allwinner, Eken was the first Tablet company I had seen implementing the Allwinner A10. This probably means that Eken has a close relationship with Allwinner to always implement their newest processors early into their tablet manufacturing.
Cubietech Headquarters Tour in Shenzhen China showing off their new and upcoming Cubieboard8 using the Allwinner A80 big.LITTLE 2Ghz Octa Core quad ARM Cortex-A15 with quad ARM Cortex-A7 and 64-core PowerVR G6230 GPU, 2GB RAM, H265 4K hardware decode, USB3, 16Mp camera support and a lot more. You can find out more about Cubieboard at http://cubieboard.org/
Tour at the Neostra Tablet factory in Shenzhen China. They are just now starting the mass production for perhaps the worlds most powerful tablet yet, the first Allwinner A80 Octa Core Quad ARM Cortex-A15 with Quad ARM Cortex-A7 tablet and PowerVR G6230 GPU, the Onda V989, manufactured right here starting this week being able to ramp up to make 1500 of them per day. Neostra is also just starting mass production of their Allwinner A33 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 based tablets, making one really thin bezel and nice qHD 7″ priced $38 (in bulk of at least 1000 units) and they also are mass producing the Allwinner A33 based 7″ 1024×600 basic TN selling at $33 (in bulk of at least 1000 units). Neostra is making about 200-300K tablets per month, able to do more for the peak Christmas period.
pcDuino8 is one of the first Allwinner A80 development boards, targeted to be released soon commercially for around $99 according to demand, is a single board computer that bridges the open source software community and open source hardware community. Developers can build prototype with pcDuino and later go to production with pcDuono core board under a LinkSprite program called ‘produce together’. You can also see my video with pcDuino at their Shenzhen Maker Space.
Available on the market by the end of the year, Allwinner announces they are putting the final touches to their upcoming ARMv8 64bit Processor. Allwinner announces they are licensing the technology from ARM. Aiming their design at the entry-level to mid-level market, it’s going to have Android L and next-gen Windows support, implementing all the advantages of ARMv8 not just the support for more RAM than 4GB, this includes more CPU registers and much more. GPU, video engines, specifics of the cores used and other features will be announced later. Allwinner expects to be able to show the development board for their ARMv8 64bit processor by Hong Kong fair in October.
Here is the official Allwinner press release:
Allwinner’s first 64-bit tablet processor to hit the market soon
With the rising requirement for 64-bit application processors, Allwinner Technology today is announcing that its first 64-bit tablet processor should hit the market by end of 2014. A 64-bit development board should also be ready for demo during the Hong Kong Electronics Fair in October.
As a leader in application processor design, Allwinner is always dedicated to providing high performance SoC solutions with low power drain to mobile electronics. Allwinner’s first 64-bit tablet processor, with its support for 4K video codec, H.265, and leading fabrication process, aims to provide a highly cost-effective tablet solution to ODM/OEM partners and end users worldwide.
“The 64-bit era is absolutely the new trend. As one of the most important strategic partners of ARM, Allwinner will team with ARM to take the lead in providing highly cost-effective 64-bit tablet solutions, ” said JackLee, the Chief Marketing Officer of Allwinner, “Allwinner has been the No.1 chipset vendor for Android tablets in term of chipset shipment in both 2012 and 2013. 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.”
“The ARMv8-A based processors deliver multiple benefits including energy-efficient performance and 64-bit capability while still addressing today’s 32-bit applications,” said James Bruce, director of mobile solutions, ARM. “Allwinner’s choice of the ARMv8-A architecture will help them provide cutting-edge mobile application solutions to address market dynamics, bringing benefits to manufacturers and customers worldwide.”
Recently, Linaro announced that the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) build for ARMv8-A architecture has been made available for part of the Linaro 14.06 release. This build has been tested on the ARMv8-A 64-bit hardware development platform “Juno.”
As a member of Linaro organization, the Linaro builds of the AOSP for 64-bit ARMv8-A platform “Juno” and will be a key building block to enable Allwinner to offer a range of differentiated solutions across multiple markets.
Allwinner Technology is a leading fabless design company dedicated to smart application processor SoCs and smart analog ICs. Its product line includes multi-core application processors for smart devices and smart power management ICs used by brands worldwide.
With its focus on cutting edge UHD video processing, high performance multi-core CPU/GPU integration, and ultra-low power consumption, Allwinner Technology is a mainstream solution provider for the global tablet, internet TV, smart home device, automotive in-dash device, smart power management, and mobile connected device markets.
Allwinner Technology is headquartered in Zhuhai, China.
Created in 1986, Storex launches their Allwinner A33 mass production, with capacity of 150k pcs per month they can OEM and ODM for everyone, here bringing affordable quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 Tablets to the mass market. Storex’s main market is in France (HQ based sales & marketing), office in Spain for Iberica area, also selling in Portugal, Italy, UK and some other small countries in Europe, manufactured in Shenzhen China.
Producing 1.3 Million tablets per year, with an annual turnover of above $40 Million, Aikun is ramping up mass production of their Allwinner A33 Tablets, they are one of the top Android tablet brands in markets like Argentina, Mexico and elsewhere.