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  1. Mediatek announces Dimensity 900 - a 6nm chipset for 5G midrangers Mediatek has just announced its latest 5G chipset, designated for midrange smartphones - the Dimensity 900. It is built on the 6 nm process technology and comes as a logical update over the Dimensity 800 series with a faster CPU and better connectivity options. The new Dimensity 900 chip brings an octa-core CPU with two clusters - one with two Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4GHz for power and six Cortex-A55 units at 2 GHz for efficiency. The chipset supports cameras of up to 108MP resolution and video recording up to [email protected] fps. Smartphones with the Dimensity 900 chipset can have Full HD+ screens with up to 120Hz refresh rate and all the latest memory standards - LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Another feature that Mediatek is really proud of is the support for Dual 5G - phones are practically able to work on two 5G networks simultaneously, as well as combining a single 5G network with an older-gen network. The Taiwanese chip company did not reveal when we’ll see smartphones with the platform on the market, but given the fact it is already being benchmarked, hopefully, we’ll see a launch very soon. Source Source: Mediatek announces Dimensity 900 - a 6nm chipset for 5G midrangers
  2. MediaTek MT9638 chip aims to bring premium smart TV features to the masses The MT6938 smart TV chip by MediaTek brings support for features such as AI-driven image quality enhancement, VRR, and MEMC to name a few. MediaTek has introduced its latest silicon – the MT9638 – a chip that is destined for budget-centric 4K smart TVs in the near future. The latest MediaTek offering brings some impressive features to the table such as AI-driven image quality enhancement, VRR (variable refresh rate) support, and MEMC (motion estimation and motion compensation) for graphics smoothing in real-time, a feature that we’ve lately seen on a host of high-end and mid-range TVs from the likes of Samsung, OnePlus and Xiaomi. The MediaTek MT9638 is a quad-core chip that comes with an upgraded APU which is claimed to boost processing times by 10x. It also brings support for an up-to-date multimedia suite that includes support for Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual X surround sound, and global HDR standards such as HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision HDR. Plus, it can drive up to 2304 backlight dimming zones to provide better control over reproducing lighting in complex scenery. MediaTek also employs what it is calling AI-SR (super-resolution), AI-PQ (picture quality) & AI-AQ (audio quality) technologies, all of which combined to perform tasks such as noise reduction, optimized image quality parameters such as sharpness, and resolution upscaling to make objects on the screen look crisp. As for the MEMC technology, MediaTek claims that the MT9638 smart TV chip employs multi-frame blending to show visuals that match the TV’s native resolution. And to ensure that smart TVs powered by MediaTek’s new chip are truly smart, it also allows OEMs to integrate the virtual assistant of their choice, complete with an always-on assistance convenience. Additionally, it can drive up to four far-field microphones and facilitates one-second resume when the assistant hotword is said. As far as connectivity goes, the MT9638 chip brings support for Gigabit-class Wi-Fi 6, with HDMI 2.1a and USB 3.0 standard also in tow. CPU Type: Arm Cortex-A55 CPU Bit: 64-bit CPU Cores: Quad Max CPU Frequency: 1.5GHz GPU Type: Arm Mali-G52 MC1 Memory: 48b DDR3, 64b DDR3 Max Memory: 3GB Max Display Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K) HDR Standards: BBC HLG, HDR10 (SMPTE2084), Dolby Vision HDR, Technicolor/Philips JHDR (ESTI TS 103 433), HDR10+, China HDR (Preliminary Support) Video Encoding: H.264 Video Decoding: AV1, AVS2, HEVC, VP9, H.264, SHVC [email protected] Audio Decoding: Dolby Atmos, DTS Virtual X Microphones: 4X Directional Mic Interfaces HDMI 2.0/1.4 with HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.1a, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 Source: MediaTek MT9638 chip aims to bring premium smart TV features to the masses
  3. (Reuters) - Apple Inc held talks with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and MediaTek Inc along with existing vendor Intel Corp to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at a trial between Qualcomm Inc and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday. Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of such chips, which help iPhones connect to wireless networks. Starting in 2016, Apple split the business between Intel and Qualcomm, but in 2018, Apple moved solely to Intel for its newest phones. But Apple supply chain executive Tony Blevins testified on Friday that Apple has also considered MediaTek and Samsung, one of its largest rivals in the smart phone market, to supply the chips for the next generation of wireless networks known as 5G. Those networks are expected to start rolling out this year and provide faster data speeds than current 4G networks. The FTC is suing Qualcomm alleging the chip supplier engaged in anticompetitive patent licensing practices to preserve a dominant position in the premium modem chip market. On the stand at a federal courthouse in San Jose, California, Blevins testified that Apple has long sought multiple suppliers for modem chips but signed an agreement with Qualcomm to exclusively supply the chips because the chip supplier offered deep rebates on patent license costs in exchange for exclusivity. In 2013, Apple broke off work with Intel to start supplying modems for the iPad Mini 2 because Apple would lose its rebates by using Intel’s chips, rendering Intel’s products “economically unattractive” overall. Later that year after cost negotiations with Qualcomm did not go as Apple hoped, Apple kicked off “Project Antique” to secure a second modem supplier, Blevins testified. By 2016 and 2017, Apple introduced Intel’s modems in some of its iPhones but also still used Qualcomm chips. But Apple’s lawsuit against Qualcomm filed in early 2017 caused their business relationship to change “in a very profound and negative manner,” leading to using only Intel’s modems for the phones released last year. “The entire concept of Project Antique was to find a second supplier. No offense to (Intel) but we don’t want to be single supplier with them. We wanted both Qualcomm and (Intel) in the mix,” Blevins said. Blevins also testified Apple considered making Intel the sole supplier of modems for the Apple Watch, which added 4G connectivity in 2017 using Qualcomm chips. Blevins said that talking with Samsung, whose Galaxy and Note devices compete against the iPhone, is “not an ideal environment” for Apple, but that Samsung is currently the largest component supplier to Apple. Blevins did not say whether Apple had reached a decision on a 5G modem supplier or whether it would release a 5G iPhone in 2019. Citing sources, Bloomberg previously reported that Apple would not release such a phone until 2020. Source
  4. MediaTek announces the Helio G85 with a 1GHz GPU and HyperEngine improvements Today, MediaTek announced the Helio G85, its latest gaming chipset. It sits underneath the G90 series that was announced back in July. The G85 combines an ARM Mali-G52 GPU clocked at 1GHz and new HyperEngine improvements for ultimate gaming performance. HyperEngine promises things like dynamic management between the CPU, GPU, and the RAM based on power and thermals. And of course, there's smoother performance in heavy game engines, or complex scenes. For the CPU, it comes with two 2GHz Cortex-A75 cores and six 1.8GHz Cortex-A55 cores. "MediaTek is expanding our Helio G family to give device makers more options in designing smartphones that deliver an elite gaming experience," said Dr. Yenchi Lee, Assistant General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless business unit. "The Helio G85 delivers a combination of impressive performance, minimal power consumption and a range of other gaming enhancements so users can enjoy fast and smooth gameplay." Of course, gaming improvements aren't the only features of the chipset. The G85 promises a better AI camera for object recognition, scene detection, and so on. Devices can have camera arrays with sensors up to 48MP, and video recording can go up to 240fps. It also has inertial navigation, so it can detect an accurate location even when you don't have a signal. MediaTek didn't say when devices will launch with the new chipset, but it will likely be later this year. Source: MediaTek announces the Helio G85 with a 1GHz GPU and HyperEngine improvements
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