Allwinner V-Series processors target camera applications, especially sports and action cameras, and we’ve already coverd Allwinner V3 single core Arm Cortex-A7 processor for 1080p60 / 4K15 cameras, as well as Allwinner V5 quad core Cortex-A7 processor for 4K30 cameras enhanced with artificial intelligence capabilities.
Allwinner has showcased and/or unveiled more Cortex-A7 processors at CES Asia 2019 such as Allwinner R328 for voice applications, or Allwinner T7 for automotive dashboards, as well as a new camera processor called Allwinner V316 with two Arm Cortex-A7 cores, apparently the same 4K @ 30 fps H.265/H.264 encoder as in V5, but without AI engine architecture.
Allwinner V316 key features and preliminary specifications:
- CPU – Dual core Arm Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz
- ISP – HawkView 6.0 image processor with 2D/3D intelligent noise reduction, frame width dynamic synthesis, sharpening enhancement, specific color enhancement and other image pre-processing techniques
- Video – 4K Smart H.264/H.265 video encoder with built-in hardware distortion correction and electronic anti-share; 720p @ 240 fps and 1080p @ 120 fps are also supported
- Display – Dual screen support, touch screen support
- Peripherals and I/Os – “Wealth of input and output related interfaces”
- Power Consuption – 2W during 4K30 recording, super standby mode @ 3mA with 500ms wake-up time
- Process – 28nm
4K sports cameras based on Allwinner V316 are said to support rich-scene modes, up to 8x shooting modes, and real-time preview.
Allwinner provides a standard Linux SDK and a complete development kit with EVB, documentation, and debugging tools to help developers get started and lower time to market of new sports camera.
It’s already possible to find some Allwinner V316 powered 4K cameras, as for example a white brand “Real 4K 30 FPS” camera is sold for $45.99 on Banggood, and a very similar Q8-5 can be found on Global Sources for resellers or other who want to buy in quantities.
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