The new Ainol NOVO 7 Aurora II and ELF II will be powered by Amlogic ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 based AML8726-MX CPU
According to EE Time, Fabless chip company Amlogic Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has developed a family of dual-core SoCs based on the Cortex-A9 processor architecture licensed from ARM Holdings plc.
The AML8726-MX family combines a 1.5-GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core with a Mali400 graphics processing unit and is intended for use with tablet computers, set-top boxes and mobile devices, the company said. The SoCs include Amlogic ’s own high-definition video processor, ARM TrustZone security and support for “over-the-top” video playback. The 1.5-GHz clock frequency is achieved using a 40-nm low-power process, the company said.
Ainol’s NOVO 7 Aurora and ELF are used to powered by AllWinner A10 , which is a single core ARM Cotex-A8 plus Maili400 GPU. Therefore, the new CPU from AmLogic is much more powerful than the old CPU used in Aurora and ELF.
Amlogic, is one of a number of Chinese-U.S. fabless chip companies with offices on both sides of the Pacific ocean. Amlogic is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong.
“We are pleased to introduce our third generation Cortex-A9 processor-based devices and deliver a solution to the dual-core segment that would require many of our competitors to use a tri-core design,” said John Zhong, CEO of Amlogic, in a statement.
In the same statement Mike Inglis, chief commercial officer at ARM said: “The combination of the energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A9 processors and Mali-400 GPUs alongside Amlogic’s own IP and system design expertise has resulted in a SoC that enables a rich media experience. This is particularly suitable for Over The Top (OTT) delivery, 3D Gaming and other Internet applications, all of which are key to the future growth of the tablet , set-top-box and smart-TV markets.”
As Ainol’s oversea distributor , uPlay Tablet , is taking pre-orders on the upgraded version of ELF and Aurora . For customer who want to pre-order the new ELF and Aurora , you can do it at the current ELF and Aurora product page. We will honor the current price for all pre-orders. We will ship our Aurora II and ELF II strictly according to the order we received. The supply of Aurora II and ELF II at the beginning will be limited; therefore, we recommend our customers to place the pre-order now in order to secure their priority.