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Thread: Allwinner Video Decode Gets Reverse-Engineered

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    Default Allwinner Video Decode Gets Reverse-Engineered

    Phoronix: Allwinner Video Decode Gets Reverse-Engineered

    The Allwinner A10 and A13 video decode support has been reverse-engineered as open-source...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ0OTY

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    Sweet. I've got one of these chips (A10) in a 7" tablet that I picked up for cheap. Currently, it's running a rooted Android 4.0.3 install, but I'd gladly swap it over to a pure Linux distro, or newer Android build if that becomes an option at some point. Assuming that Lima + Video works, along with the touch screen, audio, power management, wireless, and everything else

    The manufacturer (Skytex, Skypad Alpha 2) has already stated that Android 4.0.3 is the highest that they ever plan on going with this tablet, and there's no official CyanogenMod support..

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    Will it benefit the Vivaldi tablet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shmerl View Post
    Will it benefit the Vivaldi tablet?
    Yes, it will: the Vivaldi tablet will likely use an A20 (successor of A10) EOMA-68 CPU card:
    http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/news/
    http://rhombus-tech.net/community_id...e_tablet/news/

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    We are currently investigating A20 but from what we know, the Video Accelerator IP is the same or nearly the same.

    As fo CM, there isn't official support, but there's a CM repo somewhere and just yesterday someone stepped up to work on it some more again.

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    Great! I might soon be able use my Cubieboard as HTPC. Nice to see that some coders have done something about Allwinners apparent lack of interest in this feature.
    Now lets hope this works out well and that the work can be integrated into XBMC further down the road.

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    Default Yes, yes, yes!!!

    This is music for my ears! I have a 7" tablet and I put into it a Debian system. I'm working on a window manager to allow me to work with it without keyboard/mouse, and being able to also watch videos without privative drivers is exactly the final big step!!!!

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    Thatís nice. I bought an MK802 to play videos but couldnít because it is stuck in 720p and doesnít play VP8 correctly. Maybe Iíll be able to use it under Linux one day, finallyÖ

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