Today, chip maker MediaTek has officially announced a new product in its lineup, in the form of MT6595, which is the very first smartphone processor to sport both eight cores and support for 4G LTE connectivity.The new chipset is powered by the latest Cortex-A17 CPUs from ARM, and takes advantage of the big.LITTLE architecture, paired with MediaTek’s CorePilot technology.
According to the company, the chip comes as a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) platform that can take advantage of all of the eight cores packed inside it.
Moreover, the CPU sports an advanced scheduler algorithm that boasts adaptive thermal and interactive power management, thus being able to offer great multi-tasking performance, offering a premium mobile experience.
The new chip comes with four ARM Cortex-A17 cores, capable of delivering high-end performance, paired with four Cortex-A7 CPUs for simple, less resource-hungry tasks.
Moreover, it packs integrated Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 GPU for high-performance graphics, and built-in 4G LTE Multi-Mode Modem for great data connectivity capabilities.
The features list of MediaTek MT6595 also includes Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE with data rates up to 150Mbits/s downlink and 50Mbits/s uplink; DC-HSPA+ (42Mbits/s), TD-SCDMA and EDGE for legacy 2G/3G networks; and 30+ 3GPP RF bands support to meet operator needs worldwide.
"MediaTek is focused on delivering a full-range of 4G LTE platforms and the MT6595 will enable our customers to deliver premium products with advanced features to a growing market," said Jeffrey Ju, general manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit.
The new chip is also capable of delivering increased multimedia capabilities, being the first SoC to offer integrated, low-power hardware support for H.265 Ultra HD (4K2K) video recording and playback. It further comes with Ultra HD video playback support for H.264 & VP9.
Additionally, MediaTek MT6595 features support for 20MP cameras and high-definition WQXGA (2560 x 1600) displays, MediaTek ClearMotion technology for smooth video playback at 60fps, and MediaTek MiraVision technology for DTV-grade picture quality.
According to MediaTek, the new MT6595 platform is set to become commercially available in the first half of this year, while devices powered by it will land only in the second half.