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MediaTek delivers chip series for wearables, smart home apps

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SoC? SiP? wearables? Internet of Things? Blu-ray?

MediaTek unveiled three systems-on-chip at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The SoCs are designed for wearable devices, smart home applications and Ultra-HD (4K) Blu-ray players.

The MT2523 series, which is dedicated to smart watches and other wearables, is a system-in-package (SiP) that enables GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy and a MIPI-supported high-resolution mobile screen, according to the company. It boasts of long battery life, high-quality display technology and small printed circuit board area that is 41 per cent smaller than competitors' solutions.

The SiP features a microcontroller unit that allows wearables to last up to one week with a single charge. It also has 2D capabilities of true colour, per pixel alpha channel and anti-aliasing fonts, as well as 1bit index colour to save memory and computing power.

MediaTek's MT2523, powered by ARM Cortex M4 processor, will be available to device makers by the second half of 2016.

The MT7697 SoC, meanwhile, offers low-power integration of such applications as home appliances, home automation, smart gadgets, Internet of Things (IoT) bridges and cloud connectivity. It features DB Wi-Fi, BLE, CM4 and RAM. It also includes a power amplifier with TX Power-up to 10dBm. The SoC's BLE, when used on iOS devices, supports up to 160B of maximum transmission units.

It will be available in the first half of the year, the company said, adding that a dual-band Wi-Fi version of the series, MT7697D, will be launched to provide 2.4GHz and 5GHz support.

Finally, the MT8581 boasts of being the world's first Ultra-HD 4K Blu-ray player SoC with high dynamic range (HDR), the company claims. It supports Blu-ray, DVD and CD playback and BD-ROM formats such as BonusView and BD-Live.

Users with MT8581 can both scale down to a non-4K screen and up to 4K from DVD. It includes HEVC, H.264 and VP9 4K 60p video decoder for 4K (38402160) video content and also MPEG-2, VP8 and VC-1 2K 60p video decoder for legacy 2K (19201080 video content).

Recently, MediaTek expanded to more than 200 engineers its research and development team within the IoT business unit. The company noted that the number of its IoT R&D staff will continue to increase significantly this year.

- Stephen Padilla

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