MediaTek which is basically a chipset manufacturing unit based in Taiwan is now trying to compete against Qualcomm Processor in the smartphone market of LTE. MediaTek has started sampling a new octa-core chip that consists of four 2.2-2.5GHz A17 cores and four 1.7GHz A7s, and comes with a Rogue PowerVR Series6 GPU to take care of any graphical needs you might have. It did came out with the “world’s first true octa-core” processor, which consisted of eight Cortex-A7 cores capable of operating simultaneously 2 months back . But after that ARM has announced Cortex-A17 technology.
The A17 cores come with a 60 percent improvement in performance over the current-gen A9s, and are primarily designed to make midrange smartphones and tablets even faster says MediaTek. It also tells that its new chips, known as the MT6595, are actually meant to be featured in premium devices and will square off directly against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and 805.
Some noteworthy features of MediaTek new chipset are
1)The chip will use ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture and Heterogeneous Multi-Processing, which means you can use all eight cores for the most intense tasks, or you can use just one or two at a time for incredibly basic activities.
2)This chip will be faster and more power efficient than the octa-core Exynos options, which feature four A15 cores and four A7s at lower frequencies.
3) Additionally, the MT6595 claims to be the first octa-core LTE system-on-chip with an H.265 Ultra HD Codec built-in to the platform, which offers 4K2K video recording and playback capabilities.
In much the same way that most manufacturers don’t enable all of a chip’s features, however, it’ll be up to each individual company to add it in. The chips will begin sampling to phone makers and carriers in the first half of this year. If the company comes up with a chip that has all above features , it will surely find its way into a large no. of smartphones and tablets around the world. The chip is expected to arrive in smartphones in the second half of this year.
This may give a tough competition to all the chip manufacturers like ARM and Qualcomm in the smartphone industry .
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