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AllWinner A80 To Support 5 Operating Systems, Products To Become Available in May

AllWinner has released some more materials about their AllWinner A80 Ultracore octa core big.LITTLE SoC ahead of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2014, and we’ve learned more about OptimusBoard, as well as tablets and TV boxes availability through a video interview shot by Charbax at the exhibition.

AllWinner A80 System Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

AllWinner A80 System Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Part of the release was more detailed specifications:

  • CPU
    • Octa-Core big.LITTLE Cortex-A15/7
    • Low-power CoolFlex power management architecture
    • 2MB + 512 KB L2 Cache
  • GPU – Imagination Technologies PowerVR 64-core G6230 with support for OpenGL ES 3.0/2.0, OpenCL 1.x, RenderScript, DX 9.3/10.0
  • Memory
    • Supports dual-channel DDR3/DDR3L/LPDDR3/LPDDR2, up to 8GB
    • Supports Raw NAND with 72-bit ECC
    • Supports eMMC V4.5
  • Video
    • Supports UHD H.264/VP8 4Kx2K@30fps video playback
    • Supports multi-format FHD video decoding, including MPEG 1/2/4, H.263, H.264. WMV9/VC-1, etc
    • Supports H.265/VP9 1080p@30fps video playback
    • Supports H.264 HP/VP8 4Kx2K@30fps video capture
    • Supports 3840×1080@30fps 3D decoding, BD/SBS/TAB/FP supported
    • Supports 3840×1080@30fps 3D encoding
    • Supports RTSP, HTTP, HLS, RTMP, MMS streaming media protocolsDisplay
  • Display
    • Supports dual-channel LVDS 1920×1080@60fps
    • Supports RGB LCD 2048×1536@60fps
    • Supports 4-lane MIPI DSI 1920×1200@60fps
    • Supports 4-lane eDP 2560×1600@60fps
    • Supports HDMI 1.4
  • Camera
    • HawkView ISP
    • Integrated parallel and MIPI I/F sensor
    • Supports 5M/8M/12M/16M CMOS sensor
    • Supports 8/10/12-bit YUV/Bayer sensor
  • Connectivity
    • 2x USB Host, USB 3.0/2.0 Dual-Role (host/device)
    • Ethernet MAC
    • 4x SPI, 7x TWI, 7x UART
    • 4x SD/MMC
    • HSIC for LTE support
    • PCM/I2S

The company expects AllWinner A80 to be used in tablets, android boxes, notebooks, Smart TVs, All-in-One PCs, and digital signage players. That’s probably they’ve done some work to officially support 5 operating systems: Android, Chrome OS (work in progress), Ubuntu, Firefox OS, and Windows RT (commercial negotiations and work in progress).

AllWinner UltraOcta A80 is said to achieve 41556 in Antutu showing it easily outperform Exynos 5420 Octa core processor found in Galaxy Note 3, but this result has been achieved with a development board featuring heatsink and fan, so it’s unlikely you’ll get such score in your AllWinner A80 based tablet and TV box.

In the video below, you see some demos with real-time 4K video decoding/encoding with a 16MP pixel and 4K TV, HEVC video playback, 3D face rendering to show off GC6230 GPU performance, and a network video recording demo that can be used in automotive applications. You’ll also a reference tablet, and some charts showing the performance / power consumption ratio.

There are some good news about the OptimusBoard as it should be available in May for less than $100 via Cubieboard and/or PcDuino teams. Android tablets will be available by the end of May, and TV boxes a little latter.

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  1. arete74
    April 21st, 2014 at 15:36 | #1

    Hi, but lack native sata support ?

  2. LaChuck
    April 21st, 2014 at 15:41 | #2

    The best thing about ChromeOS support is that unlike Android, it’s mostly stock Linux kernel so it could serve as a “gateway os” for linux ;)

  3. natsu
    April 21st, 2014 at 17:24 | #3

    Supports 3840×1080@30fps 3D encoding, in HEVC or H.264 only??

  4. April 21st, 2014 at 17:31 | #4

    @natsu
    Since it can only “support H.265/VP9 1080p@30fps video playback”, I doubt they can to 3D encode of HEVC at 3840×1080@30fps.

  5. April 21st, 2014 at 18:06 | #5

    I don’t think the allwinner a80 device will come to market so early. As far as i know, there is a long way before it can real use in tablet and tv boxes.

    We will see.

  6. April 21st, 2014 at 18:34 | #6

    This is looking even better than RK3288 if they add 802.11ac, and Gigabit Ethernet, for around 100$ is this must have …

  7. nixzero
    April 21st, 2014 at 18:57 | #7

    natsu :
    Supports 3840×1080@30fps 3D encoding, in HEVC or H.264 only??

    as there’s only hdmi 1.4 support, anything over 1080p is wasted.

  8. nixzero
    April 21st, 2014 at 18:59 | #8

    arete74 :
    Hi, but lack native sata support ?

    nobody support anymore high speed buses like sata or pci-e on these kind of devices, probably for cost reasons.
    the last one I’ve seen was A20.

  9. anonymous
    April 22nd, 2014 at 04:59 | #9

    @nixzero

    Both the Tegra 3 and Tegra K1 have PCIe, don’t know if Tegra 4 does.

  10. anonymous
    April 22nd, 2014 at 05:06 | #10

    @anonymous
    Also the Freescale i.MX6 has PCIe too.

  11. anonymous
    April 22nd, 2014 at 05:10 | #11

    @anonymous
    Forgot to mention the Freescale i.MX6 also has SATA.

  12. Marius
    April 22nd, 2014 at 05:16 | #12

    Ubuntu support is nice but I wonder if they mean Ubuntu touch which is more Android with some Ubuntu stuff on top or the real desktop version of Ubuntu.
    I’m still anxiously waiting for the A80 board which I’m planning on getting. Then again I might go for an A80 TV box instead as that will include a box and all the nice things.

  13. Marius
    April 22nd, 2014 at 05:17 | #13

    Tegra K1 might have PCIe and stuff but the dev board is $200 and Freescale i.MX6 is just not powerful enough.

  14. April 22nd, 2014 at 06:45 | #14

    I think May is too early for this SoC…

  15. nixzero
    April 23rd, 2014 at 00:19 | #15

    anonymous :
    @anonymous
    Also the Freescale i.MX6 has PCIe too.

    k1 is not a cheap box chipset, i.mx6 is earlier than a20

  16. Bmourit
    April 25th, 2014 at 15:58 | #16

    @Marius

    Ubuntu Touch is Ubuntu. They are one in the same. They run the same apps, etc. “Ubuntu “Touch” was never the official name, and was only used the refer to the mobile touch interface in development. Once the mobile touch support is fully integrated and it ships on devices, it will just be called Ubuntu, and will run the same code as the desktop.

    Also, Ubuntu is not “Android” with Ubuntu stuff on top… Not even remotely close… I don’t know where you got that from. Perhaps you are referring to the beginning days of the “boot up” hacking/porting process.?? In any regard, Ubuntu is a fully featured Linux running native apps. Android is linux “based” (ie: A forked linux kernel) with a customised/slimmed down version of Java Virtual Machine running on top.

  17. david
    June 4th, 2014 at 15:47 | #17

    @nixzero
    HDMI 1.4 supports up to 4096x2160p@30fps

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