Allwinner Unveils New A20 Cortex A7 Dual-Core Processor
Allwinner is a somewhat popular name in Asian countries and it holds a significant portion of the share in Chinese market. It recently introduces the A20 processor, which is the first Cortex A7 dual-core architecture. The A7 is known as ARM’s budget mobile solution and A20 pushes the affordability boundary even further.
It is claimed to deliver 50 percent performance boost compared to the Cortex A8 processor and five times the energy efficiency. The chip is paired with the reasonably capable Mali 400MP2 dual-core GPU, which offers 720p @60fps video capture and 1080p @30fps video playback. It supports up to Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, with built-in TV decoder, LVDS interface and HDMI transmitter. We should start seeing devices powered by the A20 processor later this year.
Also, judging from recent success enjoyed by MediaTek, it won’t be too surprising if the chip will be adopted by manufacturers outside China. The new Allwinner SoC is usable not only for smartphones and tablets, but also other smart devices.