Rockchip RK3328 Launched: A Quad-Core ARM SoC with 4K HDR, Android 7.1 & Linux Support

Rockchip RK3328

Rockchip just launched a new processor at the CES 2017 held in Las Vegas, it’s the RK3328. The new SoC will be able to play 4K videos with H.265, H.264 and VP9 codecs, other than that it’ll feature HDR, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet to say a few.

Rockchip RK3328

Rockchip RK3328 STB SoC: Specifications

  • Processor – Quad core Cortex A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz
  • GPU – ARM Mali-450MP2
  • Memory I/F – DDR3/DDR3L/DDR4 with “large memory” support
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.x/1.4 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR10/HLG support, CVBS output
  • Video Processor
    • 4K UHD H.264, 10-bit H.265 and VP9 video decoder
    • 1080p H.265/H.264 video encoder
  • Audio – Embedded audio DAC
  • Peripherals
    • embedded USB 3.0 interface
    • Dual Ethernet interface: RGMII (reduced gigabit media-independent interface) + Fast Ethernet PHY
    • 8 channel I2S interface supporting PDM/TDM
    • TS and smart card interface, with support for CSA 2.0
  • Security – TrustZone, Secure Video Path, Secure Boot, OTP

The new SoC won’t just be able to run Android 7.1 and Linux, though. It will indeed also support with OP-TEE secure OS, DRM support for Widewine L1 and Microsoft PlayReady.

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The CPU architecture, which is similar to the older Amlogic S905, is a bit less performing on the GPU side, which doesn’t really matter for playing video but it does with games, which will undoubtedly run worse.

Rockchip RK3328

As mentioned earlier the new Rockchip RK3328 will also support USB 3.0, dual Ethernet of which one can be Gigabit compliant and tuner support.

We still aren’t aware of the price of the RK3328 or when it’ll be available, for that matter. Stay tuned to know more!

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  1. MattD
    January 11, 2017

    Mali 450 mp2 as gpu. Probably it’s called “rockchip” because its chips come from the stone age…

  2. Brentolinni
    January 11, 2017

    I know these socs are meant for tv boxes, but with such a shitty gpu as a mali 450 mp2 it won’t be good enough for any other use.

  3. January 11, 2017

    This is for the ultra-budget segment, expect to see 20-30$ TV boxes with it.
    The fact that it will support 4K UHD H.264, 10-bit H.265 and VP9 video decoder is enough, since this is a separate chip.
    Nobody really plays games on those things, Android games look horrid on a big-screen display.
    I have the Amlogic 905 and it has a 6 or 8 core MP450, but I only watch movies on it.