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Rockchip's 8nm octa-core RK3588 set to debut in Q1 of 2020

Rockchip announced a new 8-core mobile SoC yesterday. The RK3588 will feature four ARM Cortex-A55 cores and four ARM Cortex-A76 cores and will be manufactured on an 8nm process. Rockchip claims that the new manufacturing process will increase performance by up to 30% while reducing power consumption by 40%.

Rockchip is a lesser-known SoC manufacturer that is regularly seen in lower-specced laptops like Chromebooks. However, the company has a decent foothold in the mobile market, and that may increase next year thanks to the RK3588, an 8nm octa-core ARM-based chip.

The RK3588 was announced at Rockchip’s annual event in China yesterday. The SoC will be comprised of four ARM Cortex-A55 cores and four ARM Cortex-A76 cores coupled with a Mali G52 GPU. The RK3588 will also bring support for 8K 60 fps video decoding and a Neural Processing Unit (NPU 2.0, to be exact).

The biggest feature of the RK3588 will be its 8nm manufacturing process, which Rockchip claims will increase performance between 20-30% while decreasing power consumption by 40%.

Does that mean the RK3588 will take the mobile world by storm? Not likely. Competition among mobile SoC manufacturers is fiercer than ever. Huawei, MediaTek, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Apple all have vastly larger market shares, and the RK3588 won’t match up to older offering from these companies.

However, the RK3588 may be a good choice for companies looking to sell low-powered computers or embedded devices at budget-tier prices. The RK3588 looks like it will be a capable SoC, and if Rockchip prices the silicon competitively, they could make a splash in the budget end of the mobile market.

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Sam Medley, 2019-04-24 (Update: 2019-04-24)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.