Rockchip is launching two new chips, as it did with the popular Rockchip RK3288, we will meet again soon in tablet, notebook and Chromebook, Mini PC Box and October. We talk about the new quad-core Rockchip RK3229 32-bit (Cortex A7) and dell’esacore Rockchip RK3399 64-bit (Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53), respectively for the low-end and upper-middle market. We saw them live at CES 2016 and is in fact the trade fair in Las Vegas come the photos and the video overview (below) of some of the devices on the market equipped with Rockchip SoC (there is also the Geekbox!).
Rockchip RK3299 on a development board
Undoubtedly Rockchip RK3288 processor was one of the luckiest of the Chinese, but those who have tried know that – despite the vaunted support for 4K video – this chip can only handle movies Ultra HD @ 30Hz because it does not support the codec to HEVC 10-bit. And that’s why the new chip Rockchip RK3229 and RK3399 are important: both support playback of video at 4K 10-bit H.265 and HDMI 2.0. So there’s everything to achieve unprecedented multimedia experience, even with low-cost mini PC. According to what we have been told by Rockchip:
Rockchip RK3229 is a quad-core processor (ARM Cortex-A7) with 1.5GHz GPU ARM Mali-400MP2, which supports memory DDR3L / LPDDR3, HDMI 2.0 + CVBS (4K2K 10-bit H.265), audio codec and Ethernet 100Mbps;
Rockchip RK3399 is a hexa-core (two cores ARM Cortex-A72 2GHz four core ARM Cortex-A53) with Mali T864 GPU, which supports dual-channel DDR3 / LPDDR3 / LPDDR4, HDMI 2.0 (10-bit 4K2K H. 265) and Gigabit Ethernet.
Lenovo Mini PC
For now, but sharpen your sight because in the coming days could peep in the online shop (especially Chinese) the first Mini PC with these new SoC. It will be interesting to find out the selling price and the release period. They should not delay too.