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Mediatek releases quad-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A7 chip for tablets

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Wed May 29 2013, 16:32
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CHIP DESIGNER Mediatek has released a quad-core 1.5GHz chip based on ARM's Cortex A7 architecture and PowerVR Series 5XT GPU.

Mediatek, a chip designer that has seemingly emerged from nowhere to become arguably the most important Asian chip vendor aside from Samsung, has been pushing low cost ARM based chips into tablets, televisions and set-top boxes with significant device wins in Asia. Now the firm has released its quad-core 1.5GHz MT8125 system on chip (SoC) based on ARM's Cortex A7 for tablets.

Mediatek said that the MT8125 chip includes a GPU based on Imagination Technologies' PowerVR Series 5XT and supports 3G HSPA+, 2G and WiFi connectivity. Most importantly however, Mediatek touts the chip's pin-to-pin compatibility for supporting the various wireless connectivity standards, which is particularly attractive to device makers that work on tight budgets.

Joe Chen, GM of Mediatek's Home Entertainment Business Unit said, "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."

The firm is particularly keen to point out that its latest quad-core chip can support 1920x1200 resolution displays and offers picture processing under its Miravision technology. Mediatek said that the technology was developed through its experience in the television market, a market that has seen its chips end up in a number of smart televisions.

Mediatek even had the Chinese consumer electronics powerhouse Lenovo on hand to talk up the relationship between the two firms, with Lenovo claiming that Mediatek's MT8125 chip was designed alongside its own product design processes and saying that Mediatek's chips will allow Lenovo to compete in the tablet market.

Lenovo's comments strongly suggest that not only will the firm use the MT8125 chip, specifically in the Lenovo Ideatab S6000, but other Mediatek chips in its handheld devices. µ


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