16 responses

  1. adem
    February 27, 2014

    i hope tronsmart makes a tv box from this very soon

  2. natsu
    February 27, 2014

    it looks a little fake to me, there is no mention to A17 cores and the rk3288.com website is no longer accessible, wait & see then

  3. Slackstick
    February 28, 2014

    Will be a very interesting chip, once mainline Linux Kernel supports it.

  4. Marius
    February 28, 2014

    @Slackstick
    Mainline kernel ? Keep dreaming … Allwinner has a community around it and their SOCs are starting to work with mainline kernel buy Rockchip, they’ve got almost nothing as far as mainline goes. At least not that I know of.

  5. Pumba
    February 28, 2014

    I think information correctly, I am see same info in Ugoos Industrial blog, then asked Ugoos team. They confirmed what information is true and they started to research new android box based on this SoC

  6. Javi
    February 28, 2014

    This SoC supports 4K2K, just I don’t know about frames. Begining to design Android TV Box soon ;-)

  7. Harley
    February 28, 2014

    HDMI 2.0 to support maximum 4Kx2K display sounds great!

  8. Tux
    March 1, 2014

    I thought the initial claim of the RK3288 being based on Cortex-A17 was wrong and in fact, it’s the Cortex-A12 (www.cnx-software.com/2014/01/10/rockchip-rk3288-vs-rk3188-performance-comparison/).
    The same about the GPU announcement, which was corrected in other articles, reporting about the new chip back in January, from a Mali-T76X to only be a Mali-T624.
    Now I am confused.

  9. cnxsoft
    March 2, 2014

    @Tux
    It’s highly confused, the short answer is that Chinese company tend to announce product a bit too early (before specs are frozen), then tend to indirectly announce new CPU and GPU cores from ARM before ARM does it officially…

    I can explain the full timeline.
    1. July 2013. Rockchip released a marketing document with RK3288 to be based on Cortex A12 and Mali-T624. http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/07/27/rockchip-socs-comparison-table-rk32xx-quad-core-cortex-a12-coming-up-in-2014/
    2. 4 Jan 2014 – Some marketing materials surface with Cortex A17, which has not been announced at the time. http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/01/04/what-to-expect-from-allwinner-rockchip-mediatek-and-other-silicon-vendors-at-ces-2014/
    3. 10 Jan 2014 – Rockchip has covered their marketing materials with “Cortex A17″ with a “Cortex A12″ sticker, and they also mention a T76X GPU, with some test showing Mali-T764, which does not exist, or has not been announced, and it also does not match the performance number for T760, so I assumed it must be another mistake, and be Mali-T624 as initially announced.
    4. 11 Feb 2014 – ARM officially announces Cortex A17, which probably means the Cortex A17 on Rockchip marketing material was not a mistake after all, they were just not supposed to talk about it until then. This also leads credence to the theory Mali-T764 does exist, but has not been announced yet. http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/02/11/arm-unveils-cortex-a17-processor-first-used-in-mediatek-mt6595-and-rockchip-rk3288-socs/
    5. 27 February 2014 (this post), a third party site rk3288.com, possibly made by Ugoos, shows the specs being Cortex A17 and mali-T7 series with Mali-T760 block diagram. It can’t be Mali-T760 with all cores, as it should be faster than the performance figure announced, so it must be Mali-T764, which has yet to be announced (So Rockchip can’t talk about it, which is why they use Mali-T76X).

  10. Tux
    March 4, 2014

    cnxsoft, thanks for taking the time and clearing things up by providing that nice timeline. Much appreciated :-)

  11. Gabe
    April 8, 2014

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