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.
Part of the release was more detailed specifications:
- 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
- Supports dual-channel DDR3/DDR3L/LPDDR3/LPDDR2, up to 8GB
- Supports Raw NAND with 72-bit ECC
- Supports eMMC V4.5
- 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
- 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
- HawkView ISP
- Integrated parallel and MIPI I/F sensor
- Supports 5M/8M/12M/16M CMOS sensor
- Supports 8/10/12-bit YUV/Bayer sensor
- 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
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.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.