Rockchip Introduces RK30xx Dual Core Cortex A9 Processors for Low Cost Tablets

Rockchip announced their next generation mobile processor at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain. The Rockchip RK30xx series (RK3018?) features a dual core Cortex A9 clocked up to 1.4 GHz coupled with an ARM Mali-400 GPU and targets low cost Android 4.0 tablets.

The Rockchip RK30xx platform features:

  • Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with up to 1.4GHz speed, implemented with Artisan Processor Optimization Pack (POP)
  • Quad-core ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 and OpenVG 1.1
  • Full memory support, including DDRIII, DDRII, and LPDDRII
  • High performance dedicated 2D processor
  • 1080P multi-format video decoder
  • 1080P video encoding for H.264 and vp8
  •  Stereoscopic 3D H.264 MVC video codec
  •  Embedded HDMI 1.4a, supporting 3D display
  • Embedded 60bit/s ECC, supporting MLC NAND, E-MMC, i-NAND and booting
  • Support of dual panel display and dual camera

Rockchip also said the complete BSP is already available for the chip. This company does not usually release BSP publicly so if you can get one of the cheap tablets based on this chip, you’ll have to rely on the community to hack the device.

Samples will be available later this month, and mass production is expected to start in May 2012. This SoC will be sold for 15 USD in large quantities. The processor will firstly be manufactured using 40-nm technology, before moving to 28-nm technology by the end of the year.

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