Previously known for its tablet SoCs, Allwinner has been focusing on low-cost Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A53 processors for consumer devices in recent years, and the Allwinner TV303 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor is yet another one and appears to be the first of Allwinner TV-series processors designed for “smart screens”, notably smart Android projectors.
I could not find any references for TV303 on the Allwinner website, but the company did publish a post on Weixin about a “Smart Android Projector” by Hotack based on the new processor and showcased at CES 2023.
Allwinner TV303 preliminary specifications:
- CPU – 4x Arm Cortex-A53
- GPU – Arm Mali-G31
- VPU – 4K hardware video decoding + image quality engine
- Video Output – Up to Full HD
- Video Input – HDMI input
The projector itself features two stereo speakers, WiFi 6 connectivity, and can be turned into a Bluetooth speaker. It also supports keystone correction and autofocus. Allwinner says it can provide companion chips (wireless and PMIC) with the Allwinner TV303. It’s unclear whether the chip could also be used for recording video from HDMI input, but I suppose not considering the target products.
The processor is also mentioned in the Linux kernel mailing list, but only shortly as in the patch about Allwinner D1 were are told that “other recent Allwinner SoCs (e.g. TV303) have a PPU with a different set of domains.” The linux-sunxi community says it’s a sun50i chip like Allwinner A64 or H6, so part of the software support will likely be shared.
Thanks to Li for the tip.
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.