Allwinner H3 is a Quad Core SoC for Sub $50 4K H.265 Media Players

Allwinner launched their H-series processors (Homlet) for home entertainment with Allwinner H8 octa-core processor, supporting HEVC up to 1080p, which will find its way into media players selling between $50 and $80. The company has now added Allwinner H3 quad core processor, selling for just $6, which will be available in $35 to $50 OTT TV box later this month, and include support for 4K UHD H.265/HEVC video playback.

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Allwinner H3 Block Digram

Key features of Allwinner H3:

  • CPU –  Quad core Cortex A7
  • GPU – Mali-400MP2 up to 600 MHz
  • Memory I/F
    • LPDDR2, LPDDR3, DDR3, DDR3L SDRAM
    • 8-bit SLC, MLC, TLC, EF NAND with 64-bit ECC
    • SD, eMMC, tSD, fSD, and efSD
  • Video
    • Decoding – H.265/HEVC and H.264 up to [email protected] fps, H.264 BP/MP/HP, VP8, MPEG1/2, MPEG4 SP/ASP GMC, H.263 including Sorenson Spark, WM9/VC1, JPEG/MJEPG up to 1080p60
    • Encoding – H.264 up to 1080p30
  • Video Output – HDMI with HDCP, CEC, 3D function, CVBS, and dual independent display support.
  • Camera – 8-bit YUV222 CMOS interface, CCIR656 protocol for PAL and NTSC, 5M pixel camera sensor
  • Security – Trustzone, mainstream DRM solutions support, secure boot, secure storage, and firmware signature
  • Integrated Peripherals:
    • Audio codec
    • 3x USB EHCI/OHCI, USB 2.0 DRD
    • 100M Ethernet PHY
    • CIR, UART, LRADC, SDIO

The company mentions that while the CSI camera supports up to 1080p30 video recording, USB camera are limited to  720p30. This processor will be found in OTT TV boxes that compete with Realtek RTD1195 media players, as both platforms feature low power ARM Cortex A7 cores, albeit dual core vs quad core, a slow Mali-400MP GPU, and support for 4K UHD video playback with the latest H.265 video codec. However, Allwinner H3 loses out to its competitor by lacking SATA, Gigabit, and USB 3.0 interfaces, so H3 based products might become cheaper media players, but they won’t have the NAS compatibilities of the Realtek processor.

The first TV boxes powered by Allwinner H3 processor are expected later this month.

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Armer
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Can you clarify the difference between H3 and H6?
It is very confusing…

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@Armer

I think he meant H3 but a typo occurred.

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So it is urgent to wait before investing in a 4K player ! 🙂

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@cnxsoft
Thank you for the correction. 🙂

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“will be available in $35 to $*50* OTT TV boxes”?

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[…] Allwinner H3 SoC was announced last month, promoted as a quad core processor for low cost ($35 to $50) media players with HEC/H.265 codec support up to 2160p. At least one box – model TVPP0030 – has shown up on Aliexpress for $83.79 including shipping, so either the price initially announced was the BoM cost, or the first sellers offer the box at a premium. […]

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[…] Allwinner H3 was unveiled as a quad core processor for 4K media players that would sell for less than $50, but so far devices like TVPP0030 are selling for an unattractive $80, but this may be about to change thanks to devices like Tronsmart Draco H3 HDMI TV stick that are expected to sell between $30 to $40 retail, possibly excluding shipping, and it would then compete against Amlogic S805 platforms such as MK808B Plus that only support 1080p video decoding and output. […]

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Do you kow if 3d video are full supported? And iso image?

Thanks

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[…] theory, Allwinner H3 is supposed to be a better alternative to Amlogic S805 processor thanks to more powerful Cortex A7 […]

bpochwat
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No gigabit ethernet.. not worth it. I will stick to the Banana Pi.

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[…] launched Allwinner H3 in December 2014 for Android TV boxes supporting 4K resolution selling for $35 to $50, but the […]

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@ cnxsoft
Have you heard anything recently, any update, about Allwinner developing a quad-core SoC pin-compatible with the A20?
Or are the news about it only speculation?