Rockchip, Chinese chipmaker hitherto known mostly for its cost-effective solutions, but not particularly performance, often being based versions a bit ‘dated ARM architectures in order to contain the prices, however, has for some time now started to offer new System on Chip higher performance, both dual and quad core, indicated respectively by the letters RK30xx and RK31xx. In the latter family was today announced the model RK3188, an interesting version with four-core ARM Cortex A9 but made with a 28 nm production process instead of the original 40 nm expected for this architecture. The production process therefore is the same adopted by Qualcomm for its Snapdragon S4, while the Samsung Exynos 4412 using a lithographic process to 32 nm and the Nvidia Tegra 3 and Huawei K3V2 are all 40 nm.
With this miniaturization more thrust and the adoption of High-K Metal Gate, Rockchip RK3188 is expected to provide energy savings of 55-60% compared to other solutions ARM Cortex A9, while performance should be 35% higher than a core ARM Cortex A7 and 30% compared to a Tegra 3, with the integrated GPU that it should be even faster than 40%, more than the SoC of the Green Team. Rockchip RK3188 finally also supports 4G connections up to 480Mbps.