Every chip manufacturing company is busy trying to develop SoCs which cater better performance parameters than its predecessors and be power efficient. The concept of stacked dies, to increase the memory density and increase the communication speed, is already the talk of town. Lately we saw Qualcomm announcing its latest SoCs using ARM Cortex-A72. And now MediaTek has announced its new SoC, the MT8173 at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC). This chip too are based on ARM’s latest Cortex-A72.
The MT8173 is designed to be equipped with the tablets. Major areas of improvements meant with these chips are improving the performance stats and the power efficiency. MT8173 follows the famous big.LITTLE architecture having two Cortex-A72 cores and two Cortex-A53 cores. The processors is enabled to run on all the four cores simultaneously.
With the powerful CPU, this chip also sports an Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU which is capable of playing 4K Ultra HD content and supporting games rich in graphics. The chip also supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL standards. It is also supports 120Hz display and camera modules which can shoot 20MP pictures. This processor is already made available for the customers for sampling. But these chips will be seen in the devices by second half of this year.
Other announcement is regarding the MT6753 processor, which is based on ARM Cortex-A53. These chips are intended to power the mid-range devices. MT6753 is octa-core processor using 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 for all eight cores. It uses MediaTek’s CorePilot technology for better functioning concerning CPU-GPU processes. CorePilot is a technology which uses the cores of GPU for heterogeneous computing.
MT6753 is coupled with Mali-T720 GPU for handling graphics. This processor also supports worldwide 4G LTE networks. For other connectivity features, it supports dual-band WiFi and low power connection via Bluetooth 4.0 for the wearable devices. This SoC supports 1080p displays and videos in H.264 and H.265 codecs. This processor too is speculated to be seen in the devices by second half of 2015.
These entries in the SoC market marks a new milestone for the chips by switching over to the latest ARM Cortex-A72. Other SoCs meant for the mid-range devices are also getting a performance boost.