Chinese chip company Allwinner has introduced the A80 Optimus Board that comes with an octa-core processor. This board is aimed at developers who are looking for ways to develop applications on this chip. This board is basically a single-board computer that has its own ports (USB, HDMI, developer pins) as well as an 8-core processor.
The A80 Optimus Board will be using the company’s first octa-core chip called the Allwinner A80 Octa. This chip uses 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor cores and 4 ARM Cortex-A7 cores and uses the big.LITTLE technology of ARM which allows it to use high power cores with low power cores to easily switch between performance and battery saving mode. All 8 cores can be used at once when needed and when not needed only a few cores will operate to save on battery life.
A press release of the company describes this processor as “Touted as Ultra Octa Core, Allwinner A80’s CoolFlexTM – powered multi-CPU architecture enables low power, high peak performance devices. In addition, A80 packs a cutting-edge OpenGL ES 3.0 compliant, GPU compute optimized graphics processor to deliver the best performance while keeping the smallest area and lowest power consumption. More information on A80 octa core will be disclosed during CES.”
Allwinner also announced that it will be showing off some 4G tablets based on the A23, A31, and A31S processors. It will also unveil dual-SIM phablets that will use the A23 dual-core processor. The company says that “A23-powered tablets with 512MB memory have been GMS- certified, marking an important step in its march to international market.”
The company is expected to unveil these products at the upcoming CES 2014 that’s going to be held in Las Vegas this coming January 7 to 10.
Allwinner is a company known for manufacturing low-cost chips making it a favorite for Chinese companies making low-cost smartphones and tablets. Most of its chips don’t offer the same performance levels as similar products from its competition such as MediaTek and Rockchip.