Vimicro VC882, as we’ve mentioned a short while ago, now has turned out to be a dark horse in the battle of MID chips A8 Vs. A9. Talking about MID chips, you may have been familiar with some of these MID chips developers and manufacturers such as Rockchip, Infotmic, Amlogic, Vimicro and Via, if you have ever paid attention to these cost-effective tablets made in China like Elsse 7inch Android 2.2 Rockchip 2818 tablet, Flytouch 3 Infotmic 10.2″ GPS tablet, 8″ Zenithink uPad E98 AMLogic 8726-M, 8″ Vimicro VC882 HaiPad M8 and 7″ Via 8650 Tablet. It’s also said that MTK will release an A8 core chip integrated with built-in 3G module. Many more will jump into this hot soup later this year, just let’s wait for a chip & price war in the MID world to break out.
Now come back to VC882, the A8 chip released by Vimicro. This chip can run at 1.3GHz Max, however, as we all know, keeping running at its max 1.3GHz will be harmful to its service life, stability and power consumption. So actually, at present, VC882 runs at 1GHz as its stable main frequency. Vimicro is a very strong company which started its business from providing PC Cameras, and has occupied a large share in the security market. Now Vimicro is one of the handful China chip companies which has been listed on NASDAQ in the United States. Vimicro has developed MP4 chips before, and it’s very good at video decoding. According to one of the MID solution providers, VC882 developed by Vimicro will support all of the video formats and 1080P video playback at most. This will definitely be a big pro of the tablets based on VC882 chip, because online video playback and battery life are the first things buyers consider.
The other pro of VC882 is low power consumption. Take the 8-inch Vimicro VC882 Cortex-A8 HaiPad M8 as an example, tested with 4V voltage, the standby power is 29mA, the startup power is 500mA, the power to start a game is 700mA and the power of online video playback is 900mA. If the tablet PC is equipped with a 5000mAh battery, the standby time will be 170 hours (about one week). Adjust screen brightness to its top level and watch HD videos at the same time, battery life is about 5 hours.
Vimicro will have a good prospect in the MID industry, especially student MID, as students mainly focus on battery life and Flash playback.
VC882 has integrated GPU GC400 (a solution provider says it’s GC430, the number represents working frequency), a little worse than Rockchip GC800, but should be evenly matched Mali400 of TCC8803.
Price is always the lord. Via8650 tablet has been sold more than 200K pcs in Shenzhen, China monthly thanks to its extremely low price. Currently, no big difference between price of chips: Vimicro VC882 is about $12, Rockchip RK29 $13, AMLogic 8726-M around $13~$15. However, as more A8 or A9 chips will be launched, a price war of chips will be inevitable next year, even falling to $5~$6 is not impossible.
In terms of sales amount, 7″ VIA and 10″ Infotmic tablets have been the No. 1. But who will win next year? AMLogic features best video playback, RK2918 has the highest specification on GPU, and VC882 has best performance on battery life. They all have the chance to be the best next year.