Here's what I came up with. I read a little on the Allwinner A10 (aka A1X) and understand it to be basically a SOC (system on chip) with an ARM Coretex A8 single-core processor (600Mhz-1GHz+) at its heart. The A1X SOC has been enhanced with its own unique new features to include Super HD 2160P/3D Film decoding and oddly, an IR controller (no 3g, GPS or Bluetooth dedication though). The "many core" designation looks to be named as such as it has CPU, GPU, DPU, SPU, APU, VEPU, UPU, AEPU on the SOC, not to be confused with the A8 processor which is a single-core. It also looks like the name for the Allwinner SOC is A1X (not A10) according to the official website. The "A10" designator is for the SOC, not the processor.
According to the ARM website, the Coretex A8 is scalable and capable of running "600MHz to greater than 1GHz". So I assume that Allwinner's A1X SOC and related firmware are responsible for the overall clock speed of the processor. What I cannot find is exactly what speed is currently achieved. Nor can I find anything that explains just how this processor can reach its peak of 1.5GHz. I'm making another assumption that the A1X currently runs ~1GHz with the current firmware.
So, bottom line of what I see is this:
- Allwinner A1X SOC with "many core" technology (CPU+GPU+VPU+DPU+VE)
- ARM Coretex A8 single-core processor (unpublished CPU clock)
- ARM Mali-400 MP multi-core GPU (scalable from 1-4 cores) - GPU independent from the SOC brings OpenVG, OpenGL 2D/3D graphics acceleration
Ainol Novo7 Advanced - Manufacturer's page
ARM Cortex™-A8 processor
ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
AllWinner Technology Selects ARM Cortex CPU and Mali GPU Technologies To Bring Integrated SoC To Android OS-Based, Connected Consumer Devices
Allwinner Technology A1X SOC
This post has been edited by annunaki: 20 November 2011 - 08:52 PM