MediaTek redies MT2601 smartwatch chipset, lays the groundwork for cheap Android Wear-ables

MediaTek redies MT2601 smartwatch chipset, lays the groundwork for cheap Android Wear-ables
Taiwanese silicon slinger MediaTek announced its first Android Wear-compatible chipset for wearable devices. The chip, which is poetically called the MT2601, continues the company's tradition of naming its products as if they were killer robots from the future. Humor aside, the MT2601 is an example of impressive engineering, as it contains 41.5% (note the decimal!) fewer components and is more power-efficient than "other chipsets in the market". 

We're sure MediaTek knows better than comparing a puny chipset SoC to a mammoth chip like the NVIDIA K1, so the company probably references the Snapdragon 400 that ticks in most Android Wear-ables. Hopefully, the MT2601's lower cost, smaller size, and longer battery life will lead to more affordable and even better designed wearable devices.

As for the MT2601's hardware grunt, it is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz processor with an ARM Mali-400MP graphics accelerator and up to qHD (960x540) resolution support. Like any self-respecting wearable chipset, it communicates with an array of added on sensors and incorporates Bluetooth. In other words, it has everything you need to power a $99 Apple Watch clone. The processor is being mass produced as we speak.

source: Digitimes

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5 Comments

1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

For the first time since mediatek came into existence, they made something useful.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Means we would get watches below $100.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They already have smart watches below $100. However with that said those smart watches run with a MCU with a tiny bit of ram, and a very limited amount of storage. If you want something like Android Wear then you need a good bit of ram, storage, and heart has to be fast enough. So this processor is a dual core 1.2ghz CPU which is a good thing, but if the price is right, then that would be even better.

3. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

And it can even bring us a $49 smartwatch.

4. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Still waiting for qualcomm to do the same.AW wearables with SD400 are way too power hungry

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