rk3168China ARM-based chip maker RockChip has been out and about at this week’s Hong Kong Electronics Fair with a number of products, including a new low-power dual-core chip.

The RK3168 is said to be a 28-nanometre lighter-load Cortex A9 CPU with enough horsepower to decode and display 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution video.

In fact, RockChip showed off the chip inside a tablet hooked up to a dual-channel DMM showing it consuming just 280mA at 3.8V or just 1.06-watts.

At that rate, an RK3168-based tablet with a 2800mA battery could deliver ten hours of 1080p playback – not a bad effort.

RockChip’s previous RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 CPU has been a popular choice for low-cost tablets and mini PCs.

With lower-powered Cortex A7 multi-core offerings also on the way, it’ll be interesting to see if a dual-core A7 not has enough performance to match the A9 on AVC video decoding but can exceed it RK3168′s already impressively lower power consumption.

[via cnx-software]

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