Last year, we published the Allwinner A-series processor roadmap for 2020-2021 with notably Allwinner A33E, A100, and A200 SoCs.
Allwinner A100 was supposed to be released in 2019, but a search on Aliexpress showed exactly zero matches. We did write about Allwinner A100 mainline Linux support a little while ago, and today, I eventually found one Allwinner A100 tablet with the $60 Hyundai HyTab 7WC1. I had no better luck in my search for Allwinner A33E and A200 platforms.
But I also got lucky today with another Allwinner roadmap for 2021-2022 with some very interesting new processors, provided they happen.
But let’s look at the year 2020 first. We already have most details about Allwinner A133 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, which is also called T509 apparently following the merging of the Allwinner A-Series business unit, focusing on tablets, into the Allwinner T-Series for industrial & automotive applications.
You may have never heard about Allwinner T507/T517, but that’s another name for Allwinner H616 TV box SoC. In case you wonder why confusing customers with different names, read our earlier write-up about Allwinner business units, which explains why this happens, namely support for different industries and software.
Allwinner A33i is actually not a new processor, but I’ve been told it’s the new name for Allwinner A33E. Last year, with the limited information I had at the time, I assume the quad-core Cortex-A7 was an update to Allwinner A33 with support for 4K video. But it turns out the “E” was probably for “Embedded”, and the company simply decided to rename it to A33i to keep the name in line with the previous Allwinner A40i and A60i processors.
Allwinner A33i key features have changed a bit compared to what was released for A33E however, with 4K support gone:
- CPU – Quad-core Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz
- GPU – Mali-400 MP2
- VPU – H.264 1080p decode
- Memory – 128MB DDR3 for SiP version
- Display I/F – 720p display
- Camera – DVP camera
So the processor looks to be designed for low-cost camera and/or smart display applications.
Allwinner loves with Cortex-A7 cores is not over yet, with Allwinner T1033 SoC/SiP featuring two such cores:
- CPU – Dual-core Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz
- Memory – 64MB DDR2 or 128MB DDR3 for SiP version
- Display I/F – LVDS, MIPI DSI, RGB, CSVBS, HDMI
- Camera I/F – MIPI CSI and CVBS input
- Networking – GMAC
- USB – 2x USB interface
- Process – 22nm
Allwinner T1033 specifications are very similar to the much-talked Sigmastar SSD201/SSD202D SoC.
With Allwinner T723 things are getting to be more interesting with modern Cortex-A55 cores, and a potential competitor to Rockchip RK3566/RK3568 SoC‘s.
Allwinner T723 specifications:
- CPU – Octa-core Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
- GPU – Arm Mali-G57 GPU
- AI accelerator – 2TOPS NPU
- Memory I/F – Up to 8GB DDR3, DDR4, LPDDR3, LPDDR4
- Display I/F – LVDS, MIPI DSI, eDP, and HDMI
- Camera – 2x MIPI CSI-2 and dual ISP
- High-speed interfaces – USB 3.1, PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
- Process – 22nm
The specifications indeed look amazingly similar to the ones for the RK356x, but we’ll have to look into the details once the datasheet is available. The GPU and AI accelerator should be faster though, although we’ve seen in the past TOPS numbers may be deceptive.
After so many years of waiting, Allwinner will finally release a Cortex-A7x processor! Allwinner T827, which should also be sold as A200 (TBC), will be a 12nm octa-core processor with four Cortex-A73 cores, four Cortex-A53, and a neural processing unit.
If last year info, we had about A200 is still relevant, the NPU should deliver up to 3 TOPS, the VPU will handle 8K decode, and 4K encode, display interfaces will include V-by-One, eDP, and dual MIPI DSI, and USB 3.1 & PCIe 3.0 high-speed interface will be part of the design.
We’ve been told it would compete against the Rockchip RK3588 Cortex-A76/A55, but based on the limited information we have now it will certainly have lower performance and should place itself between Amlogic S922X-B/A331D and Rockchip RK3588.
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.