MediaTek has announced 2 new processors for both mid-range smartphone and tablets at MWC last week.
The first new system-on-chip (SoC) is the quad-core MT8173 uses an ARM Cortex-A72 processor which has been designed for upcoming Android Tablets. The MT8173 utilises a 64-bit architecture which merges two Cortex-A72 CPUs and two Cortex-A53 CPUs in big.LITTLE configuration to provide extending performance whilst providing further power efficiency.
MediaTek says that the new MT8173 processor boasts a six-fold increase in performance compared to the MT8125 released in 2013. It will offer up to 2.4GHz performance and will support OpenCL thanks in part to the deployment of MediaTek Corepilot® 2.0.
Speaking at MWC, Joe Chen, Senior Vice President of MediaTek has stated that “MT8173 highlights the significant shift in how mobile devices, such as Android tablets, are used and, with the combination of ARM’s latest technology, we are delivering a platform that answers the growing demand for improved mobile multimedia performance and power usage. By presenting CPU specs that outperform any other device currently on the market, we are bringing PC-like performance to tablet form factor, reinforcing MediaTek’s continued commitment to deliver premium technology to everyone across the globe.”
Noel Hurley, General Manager, CPU group, ARM has said that “MediaTek has been a strong adopter of ARM big.LITTLE processing architecture, extending it with CorePilot, to deliver extreme performance, while maintaining power efficiency,” and that “Decisively and quickly incorporating the second-generation of our 64-bit technology into a market-ready product, underscores the partnership between ARM and MediaTek.”
The second processor MediaTek have announced at MWC is the new octa-core processor for mid-range mobile devices.
The new new octa-core processor, MT6753, is a new 1.5GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor that supports WorldMode modem capability and has been designed for high performance tasks in mid-range hardware.
The MT6753 has been paired with the Mali-T720 GPU which will enable more demanding apps and games will run with ease whilst saving power to and from the smartphone battery. The company has added 4G LTE support into the new MT6753 processor which will enhance a more quick network connectivity data whilst on the go.
Jeffrey Ju, Senior Vice President at MediaTek has said that “The launch of the MT6753 again demonstrates MediaTek’s desire to offer more power and choice to our 4G LTE product line, while also giving customers worldwide greater diversity and flexibility in their product layouts,”
The company stated that the MT6753 is currently being sampled by customers right now and should be available in the first commercial devices by Q2 2015.