Rockchip

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Coordinates: 26°06′46″N 119°15′54″E / 26.112846°N 119.264960°E / 26.112846; 119.264960

Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co., Ltd.
Native name
瑞芯微电子股份有限公司
Private
Industry
FoundedFuzhou
2001; 18 years ago (2001)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide, but primarily China
Key people
  • Min Li (CEO)
  • Feng Chen (Vice President)
ProductsSemiconductors, SoC (System-on-chip)
Number of employees
700+(2017)
Websitewww.rock-chips.com
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3]

Rockchip (Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese fabless semiconductor company based in Fuzhou, Fujian province. Rockchip was founded in 2001. It has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Hong Kong.[4] It designs system on a chip (SoC) products, using the ARM architecture licensed from ARM Holdings for the majority of its projects.[5]

Rockchip has been ranked one of the TOP50 Fabless Company IC Suppliers Worldwide.[6] The company established cooperation with Google,[7] Microsoft,[8] Intel. On 27 May 2014, Intel announced an agreement with Rockchip to adopt the Intel architecture for entry-level tablets.[3]

Rockchip is a supplier of SoCs to Chinese white-box tablet manufacturers[9][10][11] as well as supplying OEMs such as Asus,[12][13] HP,[14] Samsung and Toshiba.[15][16]

Markets and competition[edit]

In the market for SoCs for tablets, Rockchip faces competition with Allwinner Technology,[17] MediaTek,[10] Intel,[18] Actions Semiconductor,[19] Spreadtrum,[20] Leadcore Technology,[21] Samsung Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Broadcom, VIA Technologies[17] and Amlogic.[17]

After establishing a position early in the developing Chinese tablet SoC market, in 2012 it faced a challenge by Allwinner.[2] In 2012, Rockchip shipped 10.5 million tablet processors, compared to 27.5 million for Allwinner.[17] However, for Q3 2013, Rockchip was forecast to ship 6 million tablet-use application processors in China, compared to 7 million for Allwinner who mainly shipped single-core products.[22] Rockchip was reported to be the number one supplier of tablet-use application processors in China in Q4 2013, Q1 2014 and Q2 2014.[9][11]

Chinese SoC suppliers that do not have cellular baseband technology are at a disadvantage compared to companies such as MediaTek that also supply the smartphone market as white-box tablet makers increasingly add phone or cellular data functionality to their products.[23]

Intel Corporation made investments into the tablet processor market, and was heavily subsidizing its entry into the low-cost tablet market as of 2014.[18]

Cooperation with Intel[edit]

In May 2014, Intel announced an agreement with Rockchip to jointly deliver an Intel-branded mobile SoC platform based on Intel's Atom processor and 3G modem technology.[3] Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will deliver an Intel-branded mobile SoC platform. The quad-core platform will be based on an Intel Atom processor core integrated with Intel's 3G modem technology, and is expected to be available in the first half of 2015.[3] Both Intel and Rockchip will sell the new part to OEMs and ODMs, primarily into each company's existing customer base.[3]

As of October 2014, Rockchip was already offering Intel's XMM 6321, for low-end smartphones.[24] It has two chips: a dual-core application processor (either with Intel processor cores or ARM Cortex-A5 cores) with integrated modem (XG632) and an integrated RF chip (AG620) that originates from the cellular chip division of Infineon Technologies (which Intel acquired some time ago). The application processor may also originate from Infineon or Intel. Rockchip has not earlier targeted the smartphone space in a material way.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Brief". Rockchip. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  2. ^ a b "China Fabless: Rockchip rattled by Android tablet wars". 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Intel Enters into Strategic Agreement with Rockchip to Accelerate, Expand Portfolio of Intel-Based Solutions for Tablets". Intel. 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  4. ^ "Rockchip Website".
  5. ^ "Rockchip Multimedia Processor RK28 series by Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics CO., Ltd". ARM. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  6. ^ "Fabless Take 27% Of IC Market". Electronics Weekly. 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  7. ^ "Fully Supports Google Assistant! Rockchip RK3229 Solution Released at Google I/O Conference". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  8. ^ dengfeicui_gz, baishun_gz (2007-08-15). "Rockchip Announces Strategic Cooperation with Microsoft-太平洋电脑网". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  9. ^ a b "Digitimes Research: Tablet application processor shipments in China slip 2.7% in 1Q14". DigiTimes. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  10. ^ a b "Mediatek to Benefit from Budget Device Market in 2014, Research Shows". TechNews. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  11. ^ a b "Digitimes Research: China sees increased tablet AP shipments in 2Q14". DigiTimes. 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  12. ^ "Review: Asus MeMo Pad 8, The Flourishless Slate". DigitalVersus. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  13. ^ "Asus MeMO Pad 10 ME102A 16GB Detailed Specs". PDAdb.net. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  14. ^ "HP Slate 7 - Specifications". DeviceSpecifications. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  15. ^ "Toshiba Excite 7 specs". PhoneArena. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  16. ^ "Toshiba Excite 7c Tablet (8GB)". HWzone. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  17. ^ a b c d "China Fabless: Allwinner's secret to tablet IC success". EE Times. 2013-04-09. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  18. ^ a b "Here's Why Intel Needs to Impress at Computex". The Motley Fool. 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  19. ^ "China fabless: Actions Semi targets non-Apple market". EE Times. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  20. ^ "Spreadtrum Enters the Tablet Market". PR Newswire. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  21. ^ "LC1913". Leadcore. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  22. ^ "Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments to China to rise 53% in 3Q13". DigiTimes. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  23. ^ "Digitimes Research: Over 50% white-box tablets to come with phone functions in 2H14; MediaTek to benefit most". DigiTimes. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  24. ^ "Intel / Rockchip XMM 6321 Solution for Low Cost 3G Smartphones and Tablets". CNXSoft. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-23.