Intel agressively penetrates the Chinese tablet market



“Prices of Intel’s mainstream quad-core tablet CPUs have dropped to below US$5, which are almost on par with those offered by China-based chipset suppliers such as Rockchip Electronics and Allwinner Technology and even below those available from Nvidia, Qualcomm and MediaTek”

Intel aims to ship 40 million tablet CPUs in 2014, including entry-level Bay Trail family and SoFIA 3G platform products.


Time for 4 core Atom based OLinuXino…? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Via Digitimes

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Spas
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 20:23:38

    “Time for 4 core Atom based OLinuXino… ?”

    Sure, we are waiting for more cores for a lot of time now ๐Ÿ™‚
    And this SoFIA designation would matche so well to the Bulgarian nature of the product (yeah, I meant 4 cores and 3G on an OLinuXino would be a nice combination – maybe an OLinuXino-BANANA ๐Ÿ˜€ )


  2. DraugerVan
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 21:10:09

    It must be “OLinuXino-Atom-Core” or “OLinuXino-Bohr” or “OLinuXino-Niels” (from Niels Bohr)


  3. Somebody
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 21:12:26

    I actually already thought about suggesting you make some x86-based open source hardware. This would be very useful. Bay Trail would solve the annoyance with ARM SoCs that graphics drivers and documentation are usually not availale.

    For lower power consumtion though, the upcoming “tick” (see to 14nm technology seems even more promising. I wonder, if prices will stay that low.

    Another low-power (though probably not high-performance) x86 chip seems to be the Vortex86 processor. Real systems that use it seem to be somewhat expensive (, while naked systems don’t seem too expensive but use slow versions of the processor:

    DMP has some technical resources on it and also says the MX-SoC, including graphics, consumes less than two watts. Resources overview page:

    Good thing is that they claim a 10 year life cycle for their products, so their chips should be available for some time:

    However, unless sooner or later they come up with a new chip, their old one (in 90nm technology) won’t be able to compete with Intel’s 22nm or soon even 14nm chips. You might ask them what’s on their roadmap. Maybe they are also open to hobbyists and open source, given that the world has changed quite a lot from earlier times.


    • joe bob
      Apr 16, 2014 @ 03:58:37

      The lack of drivers for arm gpu/vpu has been annoying but getting much better. Linux driver for allwinner mali400 is now available and cedarx looks very close.


  4. hamadi
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 23:33:43

    sure. why. not. you. should. name. it .OLinuXino-x86
    or. this.


  5. Orange68
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 23:42:51

    Just my opinion but I would rather see Olimex put their time into a DDR SODIMM style SOM like the new Raspberry Pi Compute. Something based on the A10 or A20 wouldn’t take long given the existing Olimex hardware portfolio and would be right in line with the open source and commercial friendly attributes of Olimex. The Compute lacks a parallel RGB interface which I think is a major downfall given the market they are targeting. Olimex, are you listening?? Keep up the great work!


  6. diego
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 23:45:54

    Lol lets add another silly name to the list: Olinuxino RBMK


  7. Cenas
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 00:10:16

    I’d much prefer you kept away from the evil extraordinaire that is Intel, but maybe I’m being too optimistic.


  8. jonsmirl
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 04:31:05

    Which CPU is it? Is the CPU $5 and the proprietary Northbridge $20?


  9. jonsmirl
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 04:34:19

    Probably that worthless CPU they made earlier with no SSE unit. Pentium FPU is way worse than even ARM VFP.


  10. Morgaine
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 15:01:56

    > Time for 4 core Atom based OLinuXinoโ€ฆ?

    It’s always time for more cores, irrespective of brand. ๐Ÿ˜›



  11. jonsmirl
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 17:38:48

    I guess I am in Show-Me mode. Show me a tablet board I can buy with one of these Intel CPUs that is priced comparable to a A31S tablet board. Or a complete tablet. A31S tablet is around $60. Say $30 for the mainboard.


  12. Morgaine
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 18:26:21

    > Show me a tablet board I can buy with one of these Intel CPUs that is priced comparable to a A31S tablet board

    That’s not a prerequisite for Olimex’s purposes though, all they need is the right SoC pricing and availability from Intel. It’ll be interesting to see whether the suggested pricing actually materializes, because traditionally “Intel” and “low price” are words that never appear in the same sentence together. We’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚



  13. Bobby
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 09:18:24

    Forward this information to AllWinner and ask them to sell you A80 for $15 (even >$20) though…


    • Bobby
      Apr 16, 2014 @ 09:20:39

      Sorry, I meant tell them to sell A80 for <$5 + full sources and documentation but they'll probably ask for at least $15 or $20 ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. jonsmirl
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 15:59:49

    The comparable chip is the A31S not the A80. A31S can be had for around $7 right now. Intel chip is a good deal it we can actually get them at that price. But list price for those Atom CPUs is $32. Is the $5 number for quantity 100M?

    A31 might be closer but Allwinner isn’t making any of those currently.


  15. jonsmirl
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 19:37:54

    A31S is easily available. All of the tablet I see are using it. A31 (no S) had thermal problems and they stopped making it. Maybe that have that fixed now.


  16. jonsmirl
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 19:43:16

    Just checked Allwinner website. A31 is gone from site now. Only A31S is there now.

    A31 was faster and had things like MIPI camera support.


  17. jonsmirl
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 19:53:56

    I don’t know what’s going on to the website. I went there half an hour ago and it was all different and A31 was gone. Now it is back to the old one.


  18. jonsmirl
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 19:56:36

    This one was displaying at


  19. Somebody
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 18:10:25

    Regarding x86-based products, another interesting approach seems to be AMD’s AM1 (socketed Kabini) platform. This would probably an easy board to build for Olimex, of course best in smaller form factors than Mini-ITX, since only a socket would be required for the SoC. The fitting SoC can then be bought flexibly or upgraded later. In a way, this is similar to a SoM and baseboard, except that memory is not part of the module. Maybe there will later also be similar products for their embedded G-Series with lower power consumption and passive cooling.


  20. Matej / Slovakia
    Apr 23, 2014 @ 15:12:01

    Yes! Olinuxino-KIWI with X86 cpu and size of LIME will be awesome.
    I allready have LIME at home and I love it!
    With X86 FreeDOS or Windows and toons of LINUX distros and BSD or BeOS will be available even AMIGA OS with AROS.
    And what about KIWI name? Its short as LIME.
    Well known fruit. And sounds cute!!!
    And logo can be like this:


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