MediaTek announces quad-core 64-bit LTE mobile chipset, launches new motto instead of octa-core silicon

MediaTek announces quad-core 64-bit LTE mobile chipset, launches new motto instead of octa-core silicon
At MWC 2014, Taiwanese silicone slinger MediaTek announced one of expected two 64-bit LTE chipsets for mobile devices. It's the quad-core MT6732, a competitor to Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon 410 in the "super-mid market" segment, as the company named it. Thanks to MediaTek, we now know how to define the rising number of phones that deliver more than one would expect from their price tags.

The MT6732 chipset is a configuration of four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores, a highly advanced 16-core Mali-T760 GPU, a multi-mode 4G LTE modem, and an imaging chip. While they aren't benchmarks busters, the low-power A53 cores are a substantial upgrade over the 32-bit A7 cores they succeed. In tests, they edge the performance of the A9 cores while cutting down on power costs.

As for the T-760 GPU, ARM claims it has a whopping 400% increase in energy efficiency to the previous generation Mali-T604 chip. In addition to being OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL 1.2, and Direct3D 11.1-compliant, the 16-core GPU features power-saving technologies, such as ARM Frame Buffer Compression and Smart Composition. Both optimize the data transfer, cutting power costs by up to 50% each in the process.

The 4G LTE modem supports Category 4 speeds of up to 150 Mb/s downlink and 50Mb/s uplink. The 3G/DC-HSPA+ network speeds are maxed out at 42Mb/s downlink, 11Mb/s uplink. TD-SCDMA and EDGE are supported for legacy 2G/3G networks. Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 round out the MT6732's connectivity package.

The chip features a pretty standard set of multimedia capabilities. It supports low-power 1080p, 30fps video playback for media encoded with H.265 and legacy H.264 codecs. It offers 1080p, 30fps H.264 video playback and recording. The chipset features an integrated 13MP camera image processor with support for "picture-in-picture", "video-in-video", and, *gulp*, Video Face Beautifier. If we here at PA suddenly start looking more fabulous in our video appearances, you'll have to thank MediaTek. The MT6732's multimedia feature-set is completed by the company's proprietary ClearMotion and MiraVision algorithms for jitter reduction, smooth playback, and “DTV-grade” picture quality.

Unfortunately, it will be a while before we see MediaTek's new silicon in production devices. The MT6732 platform will be commercially available by the end of the year. It is the norm, however, for chip manufacturers to announce their new products in the beginning of each year, and start production near its end.

Although nothing about the alleged 64-bit octa-core MT6752 was announced at MWC, MediaTek used the opportunity to introduce its new motto, called Everyday Genius. In short, the company is motivated to strive for maximum production efficiency (high yields, low costs) in an effort to make information technology increasingly affordable to people - from established consumers, to those who might be going online for the first time in their lives via their newly-purchased smartphone.

source: MediaTek


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