I just got interesting document from Allwinner for facts I didn’t know about this small but very dynamically developing company and they allow me to share the info with you.
Allwinner is founded just 7 years ago 2007 and they started as producer of Power Management ICs their first chips were the AXP power drivers.
In 2008 they made their first chip AXP182 then in 2009 AXP188/189 and their first SoC processor from the F series was made in 2010.
In 2011 they made the A10 chip which is used in the most beloved OSHW Linux computer – A10-OLinuXino-LIME
In 2012 they made A13, A10S, A20 and A31
Now in Allwinner work 550+ employees (450 of which are engineers)
A10, A20, A31 are so successful that just for 3 years Allwinner becomes #2 after Apple in Marketshare for Tablets.
It’s interesting to see their Roadmap for 2014 and 2015:
As you can see to be on top is race and this year Allwinner will launch three more products:
- Octa core A80 with Big.Little A15-A7 and 64 core PowerVR graphics GPU.
- Quad core A60 with Big.Little A15-A7
- Low power WX device for smart watches and wearable electronics
In 2015 they will have 64-bit A53/57 high performance device and lower cost alternative.
This is pretty impressive for company which started SoC manufacturing just 3 years ago.
The do not stop developing PMUs too:
In 2014 they will release PMU device with input voltage up to 24V, sign that they want to penetrate car entertainment systems too?
What also differs Allwinner from other Chinese SoC vendors is that they already recognize the importance of Open Source support. Joining Linaro they send message. To the best of my knowledge this is the first Chinese SoC vendor which joins Linaro.