Allwinner A33 to begin mass production July 2014


Popular Chinese ARM chipmaker Allwinner has announced that its new A33 quad-core SoC CPU will hit mass production in July 2014.
The new SoC (system-on-a-chip) features four ARM-designed Cortex A7 cores along side ARM’s Mali400MP2 dual-core graphics engine and is a drop-in replacement for the previous dual-core A23 SoC.
According to the company, the SoC is priced atĀ $US4.99 in quantity in an AXP233 package.… Read more

New Rockchip RK3026 dual-core CPU has cell-calling support


While chipmaker Allwinner recently launched its A23 dual-core SoC CPU with 2.75G call support, its fellow Chinese chipmaking rival Rockchip isn’t being left behind, announcing its own Rockchip RK3026 dual-core chip due for release later this month.
But unlike the Allwinner A23, the new RK3026 features twin Cortex A9 cores, albeit running at a lower 1GHz clock speed. Compare that to the first-generation RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 chip from Rockchip that clocks at 1.6GHz and performance is likely to be significantly lower.… Read more

Allwinner A23 dual-core SoC CPU can run at 1.5GHz


Chinese ARM chip maker Allwinner has announced the new Allwinner A23 at the Berlin IFA consumer electronics show. The new SoC CPU features dual ARM Cortex A7 cores but runs at a higher 1.5GHz clock speed compared with the previous-generation A20′s 1.2GHz.
The A23 will also continue to use ARM’s own dual-core Mali-400 MP2 graphics engine.
Allwinner CPUs are typically used in low-cost tablets and occasionally in mini PCs where Allwinner’s quad-core A31 and A31s SoC CPUs are more common.… Read more

Qualcomm YouTube video takes aim at 8-core promoters


There’s a bit of a battle going on at the moment among the CPU manufacturers for the hearts and minds of Android device makers (and there users), between those who think four cores in a CPU is more than enough, and those who think eight is barely enough.
And in this sort of battle, which is worth millions to the various CPU makers, PR is just another weapon for use so in some ways, it’s not surprising to see chipmaker Qualcomm come out with a YouTube video that pushes the benefits of quality over quantity when it comes to CPU cores.… Read more

Ivy Bridge notebooks to live on until 2014


Chip giant Intel may well have released its new Haswell family of desktop and mobile CPUs, but that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily see the end of its Ivy Bridge predecessor any time soon.
According to a report from Taiwanese news website Digitimes.com, the retail channel is expected to continue going through their existing backlog of Ivy Bridge notebooks before any heavy promotion of the latest-generation models.… Read more

Q&A: Is there any difference between Chromecast and Miracast hardware?


Q: Is there any difference between Chromecast and Miracast hardware?
A: Actually, not that much. With iFixit‘s Chromecast teardown documenting the device as featuring Marvell’s new Armada 1500-mini (88DE3005-A1) SoC CPU, 512MB of DDR RAM, 2GB of flash plus an Azurewave Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip, it’s even less hardware than what you’d find from most mini PCs today.
But Chinese ARM chip maker Rockchip recently showed off a prototype Miracast dongle it believes could be made for $10, featuring a single-core Rockchip RK2928 SoC CPU and most likely similar levels of RAM and flash plus a Wi-Fi chip.… Read more

Chromecast CPU gets new name – Marvell Armada 1500-mini


It’s the chip that powers the latest wonder-gadget from Google but until now, little was known about Marvell’s 88DE3005-A1 SoC CPU. We still don’t know all that much about it but now, Marvell has decided to give it an easier-to-remember name – Marvell Armada 1500-mini.
Apart from that, Marvell is playing things pretty close with no new information in its press release or website about the CPU itself – ARM architecture, GPU core, RAM/flash support etc – little other than it’s ‘optimized to support 1080p content, it has a high security grade that enables multiple DRM solutions like Widevine and Playready.’
According to Marvell, the Armada 1500-mini ‘implements sophisticated high quality audio, video, and graphics capabilities, while being extremely energy efficient because the platform facilitates form factors, such as a dongle, that are USB powered.’
Google launched its $35 Chromecast dongle featuring the Marvell Armada 1500-miniĀ last week to immediate fanfare, mating the chip with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of flash.… Read more

Australia’s most powerful supercomputer launched


The Australian National University’s National Computation Infrastructure (NCI) computing centre has launched the country’s most powerful supercomputer today.
Powered by a whopping 57,472 Intel Sandy Bridge-class Xeon processors, each clocking at 2.6GHz, Raijin (named after the Japanese god of thunder) is capable of running at up to 1.2petaflops, which ANU says equates to 170,000 calculations for every person on earth each second, or the same number of calculations it would take seven billion people 20 years to perform on calculators.… Read more