Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek unveils three new chips at CES 2016, and none of them is designed for phones or tablets. But depending on the model are dedicated to smartwatches (MediaTek MT2523), Internet of Things products (MediaTek MT7697) and also Ultra-HD video players (MediaTek MT8581) with support the latest 10-bit H.265 and VP9, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) for better video quality.
MediaTek MT8581 for media players specifications:
- CPU – Quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor
- GPU – N/A, but probably ARM Mali-820MP2
- Optical Disks support – Blu-ray, DVD and CD playback, including the latest BD-ROM format, such as BD-Live and BonusView. When combined with MT8577A
- Video Codecs – HEVC/H.265 10-bit, H.264 and VP9 Profile 2, Ultra HD 60p video decoder (3840×2160), MPEG-1/2/4, VP8 and VC-1 for Full HD 60p. Encode: H.265 and H.264.
- High Dynamic Range – HDR10 open standard and Dolby Vision IP
- Audio – AAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS HD
- Network Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
- USB – USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
This chip should be ready for mass production in the second half of 2016.
MediaTek MT2523 is designed for smartwatches, and includes GPS and dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy support. Also MediaTek company says that the chip should offer support for high-resolution screens and up to a week of battery life. The MediaTek MT2523 will be available to smartwatch makers in the first half of the year.
MediaTek MT7697 is designed for Internet of Things and Smart Home products, includes support for Bluetooth Low Energy and dual-band Wifi, giving gadgets like smart light bulbs, thermostats, and cameras multiple ways to connect to your phone and/or IoT gateway. MediaTek MT7697 shold be available in the first half of 2016.