MediaTek announces three new SoCs

CES 2016: MediaTek announces three new SoCs

MediaTek has announced three new SoCs at CES 2016. One for the largest display at home, one for the smallest screen and one to connect IoT devices at home. This trio of SoCs is said to create better experiences for consumers across all platforms and deliver better connectivity.

For home entertainment, MediaTek offers MT8581, which is an Ultra-HD 4K Blu-ray player SoC with High Dynamic Range; which is known as a ‘revolutionary viewing experience’ similar to the leap from VHS to DVD. The MT2523 is said to be the first SoC that combines a mobile screen, dual-mode Bluetooth and GPS, with industry-leading power efficiency. Lastly, MediaTek introduced MT7697, an IoT bridge that will connect smart gadgets and appliances to tablets, smartphones and cloud.

The MediaTek MT8581 can support Blu-ray, DVD and CD playback, including the latest BD-ROM format, such as BD-Live and BonusView. It will allow consumers to both scale up to 4K from DVD and scale down to a non-4K screen. It features HEVC, H.264 and VP9 4K 60p video decoder for 4K (3840×2160) video content and also MPEG-2, VP8 and VC-1 2K 60p video decoder for legacy 2K (1920×1080 video content). For audio decoding, it has capabilities for Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD master audio,via multi-format decoding, that can support audio streaming.

The MT2523 series on the other hand is designed for active and fitness smart watches, it is a system-in-package (SiP) to offer GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth low energy, and a MIPI-supported high-resolution mobile screen. MediaTek’s MT2523 is based around an integrated system in package (SiP) that contains a micro controller unit (MCU), dual-mode Bluetooth, GPS and a power management unit (PMU). The MCU enables wearable devices with lower power consumption and smaller form factors than Android Wear. The display component supports MIPI-DSI and serial interfaces. It includes 2D capabilities of true color, per pixel alpha channel and anti-aliasing fonts, plus 1-bit index color. MT2523’s low power comes from its ARM Cortex-M4 processor, which combines signal processing functionality with low power, low cost and ease-of-use benefits, claims the company.

Lastly, the MT7697 powers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections for smart gadgets and wearables. Overall, the MT7697 claims to provide increased flexibility in both BLE and Wi-Fi connectivity, BLE for the short range and WiFi. A dual-band WiFi version of the chipset, MT7697D, offers 2.4GHz and 5GHz support as well.

“Our intention at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is to showcase a group of SoC’s that will truly impact the way consumers use their devices, said MediaTek Chief Marketing Officer, Johan Lodenius. “The MT8581, MT2523 and MT7697 will each bring new features to home entertainment, wearables and IoT/connected home that were not possible before.”