Allwinner H5 is a Quad Core Cortex A53 Processor for 4K OTT TV Boxes

Last year, we found that Allwinner was preparing to launch Allwinner H64 and H5 quad and octa processors in their roadmap, but there have been some changes, and the compny seems to have dropped H64 name, and has now introduced Allwinner H5 quad core Cortex A53 processor designed for 4K TV boxes.

Allwinner H5 Block Diagram - Click to Enlarge
Allwinner H5 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

Allwinner H5 main specifications:

  • CPU – quad core Cortex A53 with NEON, FPU, 64KB I/D cache per core, and 512KB L2 cache
  • 3G GPU – ARM Mali-450MP GPU with 4 pixel processor cores, and 2 geometry cores with support for OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1/1.1, OpenVG 1.1 and EGL
  • 2D GPU (Graphics and Display Processor) – Dual display; Main display: 4 video layers, 12 graphics layers, 4 alpha blending channels; Auxiliary display: 4 video layers, 4 graphics layers, and 2 alpha blending channels
  • Memory I/F – DDR3/3L SDRAM interface up to 32-bit data width
  • Storage I/F – SPI NOR flash, SPI NAND flash, NAND flash (SLC/MLC with 64-bit ECC), and eMMC 5.0 flash interfaces
  • Video Decoding – Up to 4K decoding of H.265/HEVC Main10, H.264/AVC, VP6/VP8/VP9, MPEG1/2/4, AVS-P16, VC1
  • Image Decoding – YUV400/YUV420/YUV422/YUV444; Picture scale and rotate
  • Video & Image Encoding – 1080p60 or 2x 1080p30, or 4x 72030 video encoding with AVC or JPEG
  • Audio Encoding/Decoding – MPEG L1/L2, AAC-LC, HE AAC V1/V2, APE, FLAC, OGG, AMR-WB, G.711 (u/a) decoding; G.711(u/a), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, and AAC-LC encoding
  • TS Demultiplexing/PVR – 4x TS inputs using SSI or SPI modes, DVB-CSA/AES/DES descrambling, recording of scrambled and non-scrambled streams
  • Security – TEE, Secure OS, secure boot, 2K bits EFuse, DRM, conditional access, HDCP 1.4 protection
  • A/V Interfaces
    • PAL and NTSC, HDMI Tx with HDCP, CVBS, HD and SD output from same source. 480i to 4K2K resolutions
    • Analog videos – 1x CVBS, 1x embedded VDAC
    • Audio interfaces – 2x stereo input interfaces, 1x stereo output interface, 1x S/PDIF, 2x ADAC, 2x I2S/PCM, HDMI audio
  • Peripherals
    • 3x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB 2.0 OTG
    • 10/100M Ethernet with integrated PHY, Gigabit Ethernet MAC
    • 3x 4-bit SDIO 3.0 interfaces
    • 5x UART, 4x TWI (I2C), 2x SPI, multiple GPIOs, 2x PWM
    • 2x smart card interfaces (ISO7816)
    • LED and keypad control interface, IR receiver
    • 1x CSI camera
  • Boot program download over serial port or USB port
  • Low power CPU – For standby power as low as 30 mW power consumption

Allwinner is actually pushing the limit of “generally accepted marketing principles” by calling Allwinner H5 a “Deca-core 4K OTT Box Total Solution” by adding 4 CPU cores to 6 GPU cores… They also done a “good job” at hiding whether HDMI 2.0 is supported, as the HDMI version is not mentioned, nor the maximum framerate for video codec @ 4K2K. [Update: Allwinner H-Series comparison table shows H.265 @ 4K30Hz, so it’s most likely limited to HDMI 1.4]

The processor will apparently run Android 5.1, and while features look similar to Allwinner A64, the GPU is quite faster, I’ve been told video processing is better by Allwinner marketing team, and I can also see some interfaces (TS input and smartcard) that would make it suitable for Android Digital TV receivers with DVB, ISDB-C and ATSC tuners.

 

Image Source: ARMBIAN
Orange Pi PC 2 – Image Source: ARMBian

Linux support is also likely as two of the first platforms to use the new processor will be Shenzhen Xunlong Orange Pi 3 and Orange Pi PC 2 (pictured above) development boards.

More details can be found on Allwinner H5 product page.

Thanks to Thomas for the tip.

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Meth
Meth
3 years ago

How many Megahurtz!! 😉

Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan
3 years ago

Did they tell how they are going to cheat in Antutu this time ? The “hirsu” setting in the build.prop ?

And why does Amlogic and Allwinner still use the Ancient Mali 400/450 ?

Disspointing SOC from a dissapointing company.

theguyuk
theguyuk
3 years ago

So this is Allwinners answer to the Amlogic s905 , except allwinner has 6 GPU cores, 2 of which are labeled geometry. So it is a general TV box Soc with light casual phone type games market aims.
It will also be several months behind the mature software curve. So the Soc will have to be cheap but not to cheap to kill the H3, unless their aim is to end H3 production.

However the S905 already out competes the H3 in the Android OTT market.

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago


Beelink X2 (‘our’ H3 OTT box since we ported already Armbian to it 😉 ) has 1 GB RAM and costs $26.69 (at Gearbest and today — Flash sale the next 3 days) but in general I tend to agree that if it’s just about an OTT box running Android it doesn’t look that good for Allwinner from Amlogic’s perspective 😉

Well, I like that H5 has the same count of real USB host ports like H3 but that’s something every normal TV box customer doesn’t care about at all…

Jon Smirl
3 years ago

You aren’t finding cheap H3 boxes. $15-20 from the wholesale places.

https://detail.1688.com/offer/536709898307.html

TC
TC
3 years ago

“by adding 4 CPU cores to 6 GPU cores” … learned from AMD ^^

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago


I guess no HDMI 2.0 or 4k @60hz is because they don’t see it as high end seller but more a bouncing along the bottom of the market product.

Too high a spec would crush the H3 on the bottom and H8 at the top.

Consider too the aimed for family market might not have the wealth for 4k TV and Fibre broadband and a 4k service.

JM
JM
3 years ago

Jeez how many TV boxes does the world need

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

Theguyuk : Too high a spec would crush the H3 on the bottom and H8 at the top. I don’t think the average TV box customer reads blogs like this. So if he does not know what to expect from features like ‘HDMI 2.0 or 4k @60hz’ then he simply buys numbers (as he does with smartphones and tablets too and this is the reason we see octa-core SoCs that get outperformed by their quad-core predecessors). Then it’s deca-core and 64-bit for H5 based boxes and only octa-core and 32-bit for H8. Two more cores and twice as much of… Read more »

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@tkaiser The Core marketing is just aping Intel, AMD, and game Consoles. Real world users that technical people look down on as morons are the major back bone of the market, without them high spec devices would cost much more as components would not sell in such vast numbers. The morons would be better informed if technical people were not such liars and cheats. It is the high educated who write the lies and post the articles telling lower educated people this or that product is great or best buy. As for the H8, Allwinner aimed that as their premium… Read more »

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@tkaiser
I also thought for what you and technical people want, was better served by the Allwinner R40, you seem keen on?

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@Theguyuk With ‘marketing for morons’ I was not speaking about the average customer but the marketing approach behind. Adding 4 CPU and 6 GPU cores to a ‘deca-core’ marketing claim will result in S905 boxes being sold as ’14 core OTT box solution’ soon if Allwinner succeeds with this. This ‘as many cores as possible’ approach for TV boxes makes absolutely no sense from a technical point of view since none of the devices featuring eg. octa-core CPUs can benefit from the count of cores since the heat generated is just too much. Without active cooling overall CPU performance will… Read more »

JM
JM
3 years ago

You’d think these companies would give up on “core marketing” as none can beat NVIDIA and their “192 core” K1

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@tkaiser Agree with what you say. I see the multi cores being used as big little as a cheap fudge rather than real heat sinks used. They have took if from the Phone and Tablet Socs and while it does cool while also cutting electric use, it does not deliver the assumed double the cores the uneducated expect. In my limited experience the Nvidia Tegra 4 approach of Quad core A15 + 1 extra low power core for when only browsing texting, works better than classic big little. However of note, Nvidia had to refine the Tegra Note ROM over… Read more »

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@JM
AMD and RADEON have the tech but not the low power experience or available money, they have also licenced designs and tech to ARM.

It is not a fair like for like compassion of a sub £35.00 OTT box with a £149.99 Nvidia Shield TV.

A cheap family hatchback is not fairly compared against a Rolls Royce or Ferrari.

klein
klein
3 years ago

anyone known if it’s 28nm or 40nm?
allwinner only say csi, but really its camera is parallel cmos camera… not serial csi.
it’s ok, but h5 or r40 have 10bit?
a imx225 need 10 or 12 bits interface…

so i will need use a hi3518e, but without mainline kernel, i’m scary about found sdk and if i will be able to compile and build a useful image. but maybe not more options…

klein
klein
3 years ago


h3 have good firmware, and working camera driver, but its csi is only parallel cmos 8bits ( 8 data io + 1 clock, +i2s for command).
So it’s unable to work with imx225, because its minimun 10bits (12bits better) in parallel. In serial csi is even faster.

now why exmor imx255 or imx291, because low light sensitivity is far away of any omnivision.

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago
Leo
Leo
3 years ago

I am trying to determin if the board accesses the ts stream ports of the H5 processor on any of the pins.
I could not find them. Anyone ?

SEO
SEO
3 years ago

This board lack of official support and community contribution, don’t waste time, go to raspberry pi 3

erich
erich
2 years ago

what is the speed of this CPU H5 Quad-core Cortex-A53 64bit?

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