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MediaTek, a leading multimedia chip designer from Taiwan, has announced the availability of the new quad-core application processor – MT8125 – designed for the fast growing market of affordable media tablets. The new chip will provide rather rich functionality, but its performance will likely be rather low since it is based on Cortex-A7 cores, making impossible to run demanding applications.

“We’re confident that our comprehensive reference designs will be the industry benchmark, particularly benefiting the mid-to-high-end tablet market. It is an innovative, cost-effective and definitely faster time-to-market solution,” said Joe Chen, general manager of home entertainment business unit at MediaTek.

MediaTek MT8125 integrates four power-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 general-purpose cores that operate at up to 1.50GHz, Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series5XT graphics engine as well as premium multimedia features, such as such as MiraVision video engine derived from MediaTek’s extensive Digital TV solutions. The system-on-chip supports video playback and recording with up to 1920*1080 resolution, 13MP camera with integrated ISP and displays with up to 1920*1200 resolution. The MT8125 includes full support for 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM. MediaTek will offer two pin-to-pin compatible versions of MT8125, one with Wi-Fi only support, another with Wi-Fi and 2G/3G/HSPA+.

“By taking advantage of our strengths in the multimedia field, mobile communications and multi-screen technologies, we offer a complete multi-core processor family for smartphones and tablets, enabling a significant difference in performance and power efficiency - all while ensuring seamless streaming performance across the array of devices when users are consuming entertainment and information,” added Mr. Chen.

The MediaTek quad core tablet SoC is now being deployed by MediaTek’s customers. The first product to utilize the new chip is Lenovo IdeaTab S6000-series.

“MediaTek’s team has worked closely with Lenovo to integrate their solutions into our design process, helping us accelerate the development and introduction of new, innovative tablets. In turn, this allows us to fulfill our commitment to delivering the outstanding user experience our customers demand. The tablet market is moving fast, and Lenovo aims to be at the forefront of tablet innovation. MediaTek helps us do that,” commented Wayne Chen, vice president and head of mobile business unit for Lenovo.

Tags: Mediatek, ARM, Cortex, Imagination, PowerVR, Lenovo

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