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MediaTek to show off new chips at CES

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MediaTek to show off new chips at CES
Low-priced chip manufacturer MediaTek says that it packed some new silicon in its suitcase for the trip to Las Vegas for CES. With wearables poised to take off as the next hot mobile category, the company will introduce the world's smallest SoC, which it dubs Aster. The small design is perfect for smartwatches, a number of which are expected to be released this year. It will also show off the first "multimode inductive Qi and resonance wireless charging SOC".

In addition, the Taiwan based MediaTek is expected to show off the MT6290 LTE modem. This chip will support LTE Category 4 with the potential to provide downlink speeds as fast as 150Mbps. The advantage for technology OEMs is that the design is perfectly compatible with existing MediaTek LTE chips, allowing handset manufacturers to easily work the chip into the designs of their new phones.

Also expected to be displayed at CES is the new MT8135 SoC. This includes a quad-core CPU using the big.LITTLE architecture. That means that at any one time, one set of two cores is in operation. The Cortex A-15 cores are used for the heavy lifting, while the Cortex A-7 cores are used for light housekeeping. The MT8135 also includes the PowerVR Series 6 GPU which is also found in the Apple iPhone 5s.

Also at CES will be the world's first true octa-core processor, the MT6592 which MediaTek first introduced last July.

source: MediaTek via IntoMobile

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posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:31

1. Birds (Posts: 1028; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


When they say quad core big.LITTLE processor, is it two sets of quad core or a dual core A15 and a dual core A7 brought together to make a quad core? I'm sorry but I'm having a newb moment....

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:42 2

3. tech2 (Posts: 2450; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its written very clearly, 2 sets of A15s and 2 od A7s.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 16:47

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


"That means that at any one time, one set of two cores is in operation."

Dual core A15 and dual core A7.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:37

2. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Don't make a mistake by clocking those A7 at 1.2, but 1.7 rather. It was lagging befor when it was clocked at 1.2. BigLittle. All 8 will not run togeather, but with Roms and Kernels, surely you can.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 18:13 1

5. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


In low cost segment mediatek makes, really very good chip, but their problem is that they don't support open source till now, which is a big problem in porting ROM's like Cyanogen to mediatek based devices. They are yet to release kernel source for any of their devices, though Sony released source code for their Xperia c, bur it's not complete........... If mediatek wants to capture more market, they should start releasing Kernel source code for their processors, starting this year...... Hope they do it.........Otherwise their chips are value for the price, I'm using one phone having MTK 6589, and it's very nice with regards to performance, didn't had any issue, with the device till now, and GPS also working fine...............

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