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Mediatek rolls out the big guns for CES

Big.LITTLE A7/A15, first LTE parts

Mediatek has big plans for 2014 and we will have a chance to see what it’s up to at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. Mediatek is hoping to double its tablet SoC shipments next year, introduce its first LTE parts and sneak up on Qualcomm in terms of market share.

At CES Mediatek will showcase the MT6290, an LTE Release 9 Category 4 modem, which is to be used alongside its SoCs. The 28nm modem is compatible with current Mediatek application processors, including the MT6592 octa-core. Mediatek will also show off the MT8135, a big.LITTLE design with two A7 and two A15 cores. It was announced several months ago. In addition to its unique quad-core big.LITTLE configuration, it packs PowerVR Series 6 graphics.

In addition to its more or less standard SoC rollout, Mediatek will also show off the world’s first UHD capable SoC for smart TVs, with 60Hz NEVC support. It should start sampling in the second half of the year. The company also claims to have the smallest SoC in the world, designed speficically for wearable gadgets. Inductive Qi wireless charging technology will be showcased as well, along with indoor positioning and smart home automation solutions.

It is a rather interesting approach. While some outfits like Apple, Samsung and Nvidia are focusing on a handful of high-end chip designs, Mediatek seems to want to get into every single niche, from the internet of things to high-end SoCs backed by in-house LTE.

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