AMLogic Processor Roadmap: Quad core Cortex A9 (M8), and 64-bit ARM processors (M9)

We already knew AMLogic is about to release a quad core Cortex A9 SoC, previously codenamed AML8726-M8, but recently renamed to M80X family with 4 different SoCs, but the company has now officially announced the new M8 family, as well as M9 that will feature 64-bit ARM Cortex A5X cores with Mali T7XX GPU. Onda V975m, the first tablet based on M802 processor, was also part of the announcement. Price: 999 CNY (~$164).

AMLogic Roadmap
AMLogic Roadmap

The new products line is divided as follows:

  • M801/M802
    • Quad core Cortex A9r4 @ 2GHz with Octo-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 600MHz
    • 4K2K video decoding, Full 1080p decoding (multi-codec), and 1080p H.264 encoding
    • Dual channel DDR3/LPDDR3 up to 4GB
    • 64-bit SDRAM bandwidth
    • HDMI 1.4 up to 4K2K
    • OS – Android 4.4 Kit Kat (Dec. 2013), Google TV version 4
    • BGA package, 28nm HPM
  • M803/M805
    • Quad core CPU with Quad core GPU
    • 1080p H.265 decoding, and 1080p HW encoding
    • Dual channel DDR3/LPDDR3 up to 2GB
    • 64-bit SDRAM bandwidth
    • OS – Android 4.4 Kit Kat
    • BGA package, 28nm HPM. M803 pin-to-pin compatible with M801/M802
  • M9:
    • ARM Cortex A5X CPU (64-bit ARMv8), Mali T7XX GPU
    • 1080p encoding, 1080 H.265 / H.264 decoding
    • Ultra low power

Details about M9 are very sparse for now, and the company focused the event on their M8 family, and especially M802 which is the most powerful SoC of the family, whereas M803/M805 are lower end SoCs.

M802 quad core processor was compared to Rockchip RK3188, AllWinner A31, Nvidia Tegra 3 and Mediatek MT8382. The most interesting part was that M80X processor use a new version of Cortex A9 core (A9r4) that allows for higher clock speed, and lower power consumption compare to the A9r3 used in Rockchip RK3188.

Antutu Benchmark: AMLogic M802 vs Rockchip RK3188 vs AllWinner A31 vs NVidia Tegra3 vs Mediatek MT8382

As shown above, M802 vastly outperform RK3188 in Antutu thanks to the A9r4 cores with higher frequency, and Mali-450MP6 GPU (132 MT/s, 3,600 Mpixel/s, 54 GFLOPS) that even outperforms PowerVR SGX544MP2 (110 MT/s, 3,000 Mpixel/s, 22.4 GFLOPS). They’ve also shown a slide showing V975m tablet (9.7″, M802) with equivalent and in some cases even lower power consumption than another 9.7″ tablet powered by a quad core Cortex A7 processor.

Beside V975m, another long expected product, Geniatech ATV1800, should become available at the end of the month with M801 (or M802). Many players currently support 4K2K video decoding with 1080p HDMI video output, but AFAIK, the new Geniatech media player will be one of the first (relatively low cost) STB to support 4K2K decoding and 4K2K HDMI output.

Via and (more slides there)

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