MediaTek unveils chips for connected audio, Android TV & Android Wear devices

MediaTek LogoAt the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2015, it became clear that the connected devices and the “Internet of Things” are the next big thing after the smartphones and the Chinese chip-maker MediaTek is ready to tap this market. The company has unveiled a full set of custom processors to fulfil the need of the upcoming devices, which will be using platforms like Android TV, Android Wear or will support standards like Google Cast for Audio.

Let’s start with the newly announced MT2601 chip, which is meant for the Android Wear devices. According to MediaTek, the MT2601 is really small and sports 41.5 percent less components and lower power consumption than other chipsets in the market.

It includes 1.2GHz dual-core ARM cortex-A7 CPU & Mali-400 MP GPU and will support up to qHD display resolution and slew of sensors as well as MT6630 wireless connectivity SoC for Bluetooth.

“The MT2601 has an incredibly small die size and is highly optimized for cost and power performance. The platform solution, comprised of MT2601 integrated with Android Wear software, will fuel the maker revolution and empower the application developer community worldwide to create a broad range of innovative applications and services,” said J.C. Hsu, General Manager of New Business Development at MediaTek.

MT2601 is now in mass production and is ready to commercial devices.

Coming to MT5595 chip for Android TVs, this mid-range SoC sports two ARM cortex-A17 and two cortex-A7 cores in a quad-core big.LITTLE configuration. It supports Ultra HD display resolution as well as Google VP9 & HEVC codecs for 4K-streaming.

“MediaTek has a strong heritage and a leading position in the TV SoC business. By introducing the world’s first Android TV devices, we are demonstrating a fast pace of innovation and strong commitment to the home entertainment business. MediaTek is proud to integrate Android 5.0 Lollipop software in its chipset portfolio and significantly improve consumers’ engagement with their TVs,” said Joe Chen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MediaTek’s Home Entertainment Business Unit.

MT5595 features:

  • Highly integrated 4K HDTV SoC
  • Quad-core CA17/CA7
  • 4K HEVC/VP9 60 frames/sec decoder
  • Quad 2K HEVC/H.264 60 frames/sec decoders simultaneously
  • MediaTek’s proprietary ClearMotion advantage for up-conversion of low-frame-rate videos

Like MT2601, MT5595 is also in mass production and we can expect to see it in commercially available devices beginning March 2015.

Lastly, the new MT8507 SoC, which was originally unveiled in October last year, is getting the Google Cast for Audio support. It is targeted for connected audio devices and comes with a single ARM cortex-A7 CPU core and supports 192KHz audio formats like FLAC, PCM, DSD, and APE. It also supports Dolby TrueHD & DTS Digital Surround Sound and Spotify Connect.

“In this Internet age, consumers are demanding a connected audio experience. The ability to connect devices and listen to music in a seamless manner is a basic need now. MediaTek is a proud supporter of Google Cast for audio, and we continue to enable innovative new product categories while keeping our Everyday Genius brand promise,” said Mohit Bhushan, Vice President, General Manager and MediaTek’s Head of U.S. Business Development.

“Based on the success of Chromecast, we’re excited to expand the Google Cast ecosystem by working with a leading semiconductor company such as MediaTek to power audio devices,” said Suveer Kothari, Google Cast Director of Business Development.

MT8507 features:

  • ARM Cortex-A7 CPU core with L2 cache and Floating Point Unit (FPU)
  • High-resolution audio format support for up to 192kHz for PCM, FLAC, DSD and APE
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS Digital Surround decode capability
  • 16-bit single-channel DDR3 up to 512MB
  • Embedded SPDIF IN/OUT & 7.1ch I2S Output
  • HDMI Repeater (Tx/Rx) built-in with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support
  • USB 2.0, SD card, MHL support
  • 10/100 Ethernet-MAC/PHY built-in with WoLAN capability

It is also in mass production and will reach market in Google Cast compatible audio-gear starting March 2015.

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