MediaTek, a company primarily known for low-cost application processors designed for affordable mobile devices, has announced its new product that may completely change its image. The new MT6595 system-on-chip packs a host of premium technologies that will only be available on expensive smartphones due later this year.
MediaTek MT6595 integrates a Big.Little heterogeneous array of processing engines that includes four ARM Cortex-A17 cores (which are utilized in cases that require high performance) and four Cortex-A7 (which are used for background services and apps when devices are in idle mode). The chip also incorporates a graphics adapter based on Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR 6-series “Rogue” architecture, a video encoder/decoder that supports H.264, H.265 (HEVC) and VP9 codecs with up to 3840*2160 resolution (4K) video support as well as multi-mode baseband capabilities (supporting 4G/LTE FDD and TDD LTE with data rates up to 150Mbits/s downlink and 50Mbits/s uplink, DC-HSPA+ (42Mbits/s), TD-SCDMA and EDGE for legacy 2G/3G as well as 30+ 3GPP RF bands support to meet operator needs worldwide).
The latest MT6595 SoC supports camera sensors with up to 20MP and features a high-definition WQXGA (2560* 1600) display controller with ClearMotion video engine that supports video playback at 60fps on mobile devices. Additionally, the app processor features 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and ANT+, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo and QZSS positioning systems as well as 24-bit 192 kHz Hi-Fi quality audio codec with high performance digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) to headphone.
"MediaTek is focused on delivering a full-range of 4G LTE platforms and the MT6595 will enable our customers to deliver premium products with advanced features to a growing market," said Jeffrey Ju, general manager of the MediaTek smartphone business unit.
ARM developed ARM Cortex-A17 cores with mainstream devices in mind. Still, since the A17 shares a lot of architectural peculiarities with the Cortex A15, it is likely that the A17 is a rather powerful processing engine which performance should be enough even for demanding applications due this year. The PowerVR 6-series “Rogue” graphics adapter is powered by the latest GPU architecture from Imagination Technologies and should also guarantee smooth speed in high-end video games. Other multimedia and baseband features of the new MT6595 SoC are in line with leading-edge chips from designers like Qualcomm.
If the MT6595 chip delivers all the features it promises without any glitches, then it will be able to compete against such high-end application processors like Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-series.
The MT6595 platform will be commercially available by the first half of 2014, with devices expected in the second half of the year.