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October 15, 2014

MediaTek shows off latest system-on-chip for smart devices

Opens office in Finland to develop wireless connectivity modems.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Chipmaker MediaTek has launched its latest system-on-chip (SoC) and opened a branch office in Finland in order to bolster its presence in the European smartphone market.

SoCs are the key processors on mobile devices, which combine features such as modems, Wi-Fi and memory.

The MT6735 comes with four 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 processors at 1.5GHz that integrate with MediaTek’s CorePilot multi-processor control system.

The chip provides 30% higher performance than the two year old Cortex A7, according to Jeffrey Jou, SVP and general manager of MediaTek’s Smartphone Business Unit.

"We understand that some other companies are providing the old 32 grade A7 – we don’t believe that’s the right direction," he said at a press conference.

"And in this product we also equip our MiraVision into the MT6735 so the users and manufacturers can have a very good video and audio experience for an affordable price."

It also has an HD screen resolution of 1280×720 that can support DTV-grade picture quality, along with a 13MP camera image signal processor and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for wearable tech devices.

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Other features include a Mali-T720 GPU with support for the Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 APIs alongside premium graphics for gaming and UI effects.

Jou added: "With CDMA2000, we offer global reach, driving high performance technology into the hands of users everywhere.

"We also strongly believe that as LTE becomes mainstream in all markets, the processing power must be consistently high to ensure the best possible user experience. That’s why 64-bit CPUs and CorePilotTM technology are standard features across all of our LTE solutions."

Meanwhile, the Taiwanese firm opened a branch office in Oulu, Finland, with the hope of developing wireless connectivity modems for smart devices.

"Finland has long been recognised as the home of many experienced engineers well-versed in cellular technologies," said JS Pan, deputy general manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Technology business unit.

By opening our new office in Oulu, we hope to be an attractive employer to some of most seasoned engineers and the brightest graduating engineers from local universities."

The new office currently employs 60 people and comes after MediaTek recently opened offices in San Diego and Bangalore.

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