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MediaTek announces powerful new MT8173 chipset based on ARM Cortex A72 architecture


MediaTek announced its first Cortex-A72 architecture based chipset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The MT8173 chipset is a high-performance quad-core chipset comprising of two Cortex-A72 cores and two Cortex-A53 cores.

The four cores are configured using ARM’s big.LITTLE, allowing them to run at their full clock speed (2.4GHz) at the same time whenever maximum performance is required. MediaTek’s new chip includes the PowerVT GX6250 GPU with support OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL processing acceleration. The GPU can drive displays with up to WQXGA resolution at 60 fps. It is also 120Hz refresh rate capable.

The new SoC is targeted at high-end Android tablets for ‘heavy content Android users’. The first products based on this chip are expected to arrive by the second half of the year.

MediaTek also made its MT6753 chip official today. It is a 64-bit octa-core chipset with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. It includes the Mali-T720 GPU with support for Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2. The major highlight of the chipset is its WorldMode LTE modem with Cat.4 TDD LTE, CDMA2000, 1x/EVDO Rev A, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, and EDGE network support. The modem also integrates Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. First devices with this chipset are expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year.

Source: MediaTek

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