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Allwinner A20 Changes Mobile Market with Twin Cortex-A7 Core Processor
Posted: 17-Apr-2013 [Source: Allwinner Technology]

[The A20 dual core processor is starting to find its way into mobile and consumer products. ]

Zhuhai, China -- Allwinner Technology, a worldwide leader in mobile application processor design, today announced that its customers have started shipping products featuring the A20: the world's first dual-core ARM® Cortex®-A7 SoC.

Jack Lee, marketing director, Allwinner Technology, said, "Thanks to our customers, we knew there was a demand for a better, more balanced mobile application processor. We designed the A20 with that demand in mind. Fundamentally, the A20 chipset and its platforms give brands the most balanced, cost-effective choice for their tablets, Android IPTVs, and car DVRs."

He continued, "The dual-core A20 platform provides excellent market opportunities for brands in the middle and lower ends of their product range. A20 solutions enable a lot of exciting, new price points and we're committed to helping our customers take advantage of these opportunities quickly."

"We are pleased to see Allwinner's customers shipping products containing the A20, a chip which is based on the ARM® Cortex®-A7 processor and Mali™ technology," said Tom Cronk, executive vice president & general manager, Processor Division, ARM. "ARM's collaborative business model and low power, high performance approach is helping Allwinner to create solutions that fit its customers' needs. The Allwinner A20 is powering a wide range of exciting new products at competitive prices for consumers."

Key Features

Dual-core Cortex®-A7 CPU

Dual-core ARM® Mali400MP2 GPU

H.264 2160p video playback

H.264 1080p 30fps or 720p 60fps video capture

Integrated HDMI transmitter, LVDS interface, TV decoder

Dual camera sensor support

Google CTS passed; GMS ready

Supports Android 4.2.2

Multi-Core CPU/GPU Performance

Allwinner's A20 chipset efficiently balances a high performance, dual-core ARM® Mali400MP2 GPU together with an energy efficient, dual-core ARM® Cortex®-A7 CPU. This architecture can deliver 5x energy efficiency, 50 percent greater performance, and is 1/5th the size of ARM's previous Cortex®-A8 architecture. In short, A20's balanced CPU/GPU combo speeds up demanding applications like web-browsing, streaming video, and 2D/3D gaming while optimizing battery life for users.

Brilliant HD Video Experience

Users demand high resolution display and video from their products. Dual-core A20-based products enable dazzling video playback at 2160p and crystal clear 1080p or 720p video capture.

High Integration

Consistent with Allwinner's other application processors, the A20 integrates key functions on-chip in order to simplify system design, speed up time to market, and reduce overall system BOM cost. LVDS, HDMI, and TV decoding are all integrated on one chip, making peripheral connections simple and less costly.

In addition, the A20 is pin-to-pin compatible with Allwinner's previous A10 chipset, simplifying the solution design even further.

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