If you are one of those guys who take a close look at specs of every phone, you would definitely know about this company named MediaTek. MediaTek is Taiwan’s biggest chip designer and is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions.
Their processors are found on array of devices. They are the market leader for System On Chip (SoC) system solutions in fields such as wireless communications, high-definition digital TV,optical storage, DVD, GPS and Blu-ray products. Almost all the Chinese handsets are powered by MediaTek processors. With so much demand for its hardware, the only step towards growth is launching new products, and that’s what MediaTek is doing. The company will reportedly launch its first quad core processor as early as end of this year. MediaTek is known for their affordable chips. They have a range of single and dual core processors which are used by handset manufacturers across China and Taiwan. With most of the device manufacturers looking forward to launch quad core smartphones, a very affordable quad-core SoC would mean that buyers will have better inexpensive options.
Recently, Acer launched Acer Z110 smartphone, which is basically a dual-SIM Android smartphone and is powered by dual-core MediaTek mobile processor. The device features a dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek 6516 mobile processor and will pack 256 MB of RAM to run the Android 4.0 ICS.
In the later half of June, MediaTek launched a new product called MediaTek MT6577. The SoC features a dual 1GHz Cortex A9 application processor from ARM and a PowerVR Series5 SGX GPU from Imagination Technologies. The SoC of course features a 3G/HSPA modem and is capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich just fine. The MT6577 boosts promises to increase application and browser performance by over 40% when compared to single-core counterparts. This platform is developed especially for smartphones that fall in sub-$200 category.
Coming to the quad core chip which the company will be launching in the near future, the product will be manufactured using 28nm technology which is in par with standards followed by Snapdragon S4 chipsets manufactured by Qualcomm. We can expect to see devices making use of this SoC in early 2013. As of now, most of the companies that are partnered with MediaTek are based out of Taiwan or China. If companies like Samsung, LG and Motorola partner with MediaTek for its hardware, we can expect quad core technology to be a standard for mid range devices.
The quad core MT6588 chip is said to feature Cortex A7 processor running at 1.5 GHz or 1.7 GHz. The chip will be able to handle displays with resolution as high as 1280×800 pixel displays, along with support for 1080p video playback and up to 13 megapixel cameras. In addition, the company is also said to be focusing on inclusion of LTE support, which should surely attract many more manufacturers as demand for LTE handsets are on the rise. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.