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rick merritt
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rick merritt   11/12/2013 12:09:15 PM
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@Casual: Interesting input. Indeed IC Insights predicts Mediatek will nearly doubl AP shipments in 2013. They didn't dsay at whose expense.

More feedback from the field please! I love it!

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casual3   11/12/2013 6:27:24 AM
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From what I heard, Allwinner is losing to both Rockchip, and of course MediaTek. The IPO is more or less a forced one. System OEMs all claim both Allwinner and Rockchip will be crushed by MediaTek in 2014. 

I tend to agree with the OEMs as they are the customers of these AP vendors.

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Green India Electronics   11/11/2013 10:51:50 PM
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GREEN INDIA ELECTRONICS promoting cubieboards in India to get hands on, Hopefully, we should get some success stories from India shortly.

 

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rick merritt   11/11/2013 7:02:48 PM
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Macau now makes Vegas look like Reno (small). Valdis gave me a tour a year ro two ago--amazing!

Never been to Zhuhai. Is it really Riviera like?

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docdivakar   11/11/2013 6:57:37 PM
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Kris, it is not just the fast turn for the circuit board+assembly, but the entire product (like tablets) prototyped in 2-weeks (if that is true) is very impressive indeed. I don't know of any EDA / MCAD tool that makes the virtual prototyping emulation of this in a meaningful way. It seems like AllWinner must have formalized a process that leads to such turn times.

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junko.yoshida   11/11/2013 4:29:19 PM
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When I visited them last, they were planning to build a big campus. I mean, REALLY a big campus for the company, which will be also located in Zhuhai, known as "Riviera of China"!

Actually Zhuhai's proximity to both Shenzhen and Hong Kong appears to be working for their business. But the company's original founders, I was told, liked the proximity to Macao and Hong Kong for such reasons as more TV channels. 

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rick merritt   11/11/2013 4:11:12 PM
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You should know, Junko, having actually visited them. Thanks for chiming in!

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junko.yoshida   11/11/2013 2:21:16 PM
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...and that's what Chinese ODMs, many with no brand names, exactly need. Allwinner's playbook is definitely all about "complete turnkey."

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krisi   11/11/2013 11:33:47 AM
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I haven't tried them but "complete design, including a new printed circuit board, within two weeks" is crazy fast

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Hands on reviews?
rick merritt   11/11/2013 10:46:47 AM
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I'd love to hear from any OEMs who have tried out Allwinner SoCs.



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