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AllWinner Roadmap Until 2015: A23, A6X, A7X, A8X and A9X

AllWinner has recently unveiled their products roadmap until 2015. They’ve got big.LITTLE cortex A7/A15 processors, as well as a processor for wearable planned for 2014, and a big.LITTLE Cortex A53/A57 processor, as well as another Octa-core bit.LITTLE processor (cores unknown) for 2015. There’s also a new processor for 2013, called A23, which is a cost down version of Allwinner A20 dual core Cortex A7. Let’s have a look at the different upcoming processors.

AllWinner Roadmap (Click to Enlarge)

AllWinner Roadmap (Click to Enlarge)

  • AllWinner A23 – Dual core cortex A7 @ 1.5 Ghz with Mali-400MP2 GPU, and 40nm process. Planned for Q3 2013, and tablets will be available this month (More below)
  • AllWinner A6X – Quad-core cortex A7/A15 (big.LITTLE) @ 2.0GHz with a GPU offering 1.7x more performance (compared to SGX544MP2 in A31?). Planned for Q2 2014.
  • AllWinner WX – Quad-core processor for wearable devices (e.g. smartwatches). Q4 2014.
  • AllWinner A8X (A80) – Octa-core cortex A7/A15 @ 2.0GHz with a GPU offering 2x more performance. Planned for Q1 2014.
  • AllWinner A7X (A70) – “Cost effective big.LITTLE configuration” octa-core processor with GPU providing 2.5x more performance. Not sure it’s A7/A15, or A7/A12, or A53/A57 at this time. Planned for Q1 2015.
  • AllWinner A9X – Octa-core processor with A53/A57 cores (64-bit) with a GPU delivering 4x more performance than SGX544MP2 found in A31. It will be manufactured using 16 or 20nm process technology and become available in Q4 2015.

In the short term, that means we could get low cost big.LITTLE octa-core products based on AllWinner A80 very soon (Q1 or Q2 2014) .

Details are currently lacking for all these new processors, except AllWinner A23.

A23 Block Diagram

A23 Block Diagram

AllWinner A23 technical details:

  • CPU – ARM Cortex-A7 Dual-Core with 128KB L1 Cache, 256KB L2 Cache
  • GPU – ARM Mali 400MP2 with supports for OpenGL ES 2.0 / VG 1.1 standards
  • Video
    • 1080p@60fps video playback
    • Multi-format FHD video decoding, including Mpeg1/2, Mpeg4 SP/ASP GMC, H.263, H.264, WMV9/VC-1, etc,
    • H.264 High Profile 1080p@60fps encoding
    • Complies with RTSP, HTTP, HLS, RTMP, MMS streaming media protocols
    • Supports OpenMax protocol
  • Display:
    • 1/2/4-lane MIPI DSI up to 1280×800 resolution
    • MIPI DSI V1.01 and MIPI D-PHY V1.00
    • Command mode and video mode(non-burst mode with sync pulses, non-burst mode with sync event and burst mode)
    • RGB/CPU/LVDS LCD up to 1280×800 resolution
  • Camera
    • Integrated parallel camera sensor interface
    • Supports 5M CMOS sensor
    • Supports 8-bit YUV sensor
  • Memory – DDR3/DDR3L SDRAM controller, and 8-bit NAND Flash controller
  • Audio – Integrated Hi-Fi audio codec, two integrated differential analog mic amplifiers for headset and phone, supports talking in Standby Mode for ultra-low power consumption during voice calls
  • PMIC – AXP223 PMIC. Supports 21-channel power output and 2.1A Flash charging, complies with USB 3.0 power supply standard

The company provides Android 4.2.2 SDK for the processor.

As mentioned above, this is a low cost version of AllWinner A20, and they’ve removed Ethernet and SATA support, and limited resolution to 1280×800, which means it’s really targeted for tablets. However they’ve boosted the frequency to 1.5Ghz vs 1.0Ghz, probably thanks to a different manufacturing process (40nm vs 55nm). Power consumption has also been improved with 50 mA consumed during audio playback, and just 2.6mA in standby mode. I can also see OpenMAX support for video playback, which may make it easier for software development, as it may use a standard API instead of CedarX proprietary API (TBC).

A23 based Tablets will be available later this month, but some Chinese websites got their hands on prototypes (8″ tablets with 1024*768 resolution), and got 12500 points in Antutu 4.0.3. See 1pad.cn and imp3.net (both in Chinese) for details about the tablets.

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  1. Alex
    November 4th, 2013 at 16:15 | #1

    Good news. Thanks

  2. fonix232
    November 13th, 2013 at 22:09 | #2

    From the 1.7x and 2.0x multipliers I’d guess we will see the new Mali GPUs on these SoCs.

  3. July 23rd, 2014 at 13:59 | #3

    Press release about AllWinner 64-bit SoC (AllWinner A90 ?) saying it will be available in Q4 2014:

    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.

  1. June 5th, 2014 at 12:20 | #1