Allwinner Goes All Cortex-A7 For Tablet Processor

08 September 2014

Fabless chip company Allwinner Technology Co. Ltd. (Zhuhai, China), a leading provider of applications processors, has announced an octa-core targeted at high-definition tablet computers.

The A83T follows in the footsteps of MediaTek's MT6592 by offering eight Cortex-A7 cores that can operate at clock frequencies of up to 2.0GHz.

Whereas the MediaTek device, announced in November 2013, was intended for manufacturing in the 28HPM 28nm manufacturing process from foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Allwinner's A83T is based on TSMC's 28nm HPC process.

The A83T is a derivative of the A80T processor, which is based on four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores organized in big-little configuration. Like its predecessor the A83T does not use a Mali GPU but the PowerVR GPU from Imagination Technologies.

The company did not indicate which PowerVR GPU but the A80T uses the 64-core PowerVR G6230.

The A83T implements something called SmartColor technology for enhanced displays and the first tablet computer to use the processor is expected in the market in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said.

"Octa-core is leading the market now, so after the remarkable UltraOcta A80, we're here to release another extraordinary octa-core A83T for middle range tablet market," said Jack Lee, the chief marketing officer of Allwinner, in statement. "The system performance of Allwinner A83T octa core is definitely impressive, but that's not all. Our customers and consumers will be amazed by its extremely low power consumption as well, which even outperforms most quad-core tablet processors in the market," he added.

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