Chinese chip maker AllWinner has announced that by the end of the year they will have introduced their first 64-bit chip processors based on ARMv8 architecture.The company plans to show off a live demo at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair in mid-October.
This generally means that low cost Android tablets with 64-bit processors and 4K video decoding capabilities could finally be available in the market.According to AllWinner, their chips will have the ability to decode H.265 video, which basically is a 4K multimedia standard.So this in turn means that owners of such tablets will have the capability to shoot 4K videos,and possibly stream 4K videos as well,but with the help of a 4K TV through HDMI.
“The 64-bit era is absolutely the new trend. As one of the most important strategic partners of ARM, Allwinner will team with ARM to take the lead in providing highly cost-effective 64-bit tablet solutions, ” said JackLee, the Chief Marketing Officer of Allwinner, “Allwinner has been the No.1 chipset vendor for Android tablets in term of chipset shipment in both 2012 and 2013. We’re highly confident to take the championship in the coming 64-bit era, just as what we’ve achieved in the 32-bit era.”
AllWinner isn’t the only company bringing ARMv8 chips, Samsung,NVIDIA,MediaTek,Qualcomm have also promised to introduce their own chips this year. Chips like the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and Nvidia’s Tegra K1 could supposedly be in devices as early as next year.
“The ARMv8-A based processors deliver multiple benefits including energy-efficient performance and 64-bit capability while still addressing today’s 32-bit applications,” said James Bruce, director of mobile solutions, ARM. “Allwinner’s choice of the ARMv8-A architecture will help them provide cutting-edge mobile application solutions to address market dynamics, bringing benefits to manufacturers and customers worldwide.”