Back when chip maker ARM launched its new big.LITTLE dual-chip strategy in late 2012, the big noise was around the upcoming Cortex A15 architecture. Sure, the smaller Cortex A7 would run as an SoC (system on a chip) in its own right but it was seen as a companion processor to allow significant power consumption improvements by offloading tasks from the larger to the smaller chip.
Popular Taiwanese chip brand MediaTek has decided the Cortex A7 is too good a proposition to ignore and used it as the basis for its new MT8125 SoC. According to MediaTek, the quad-core chip runs up to a high of 1.5GHz and includes new PowerVR Series5XT graphics.
As with most multimedia-capable chips, the MT8125 can record and playback 1080p video and supports up to 13MP cameras along with full HD (1920×1080-pixel) displays.
The chip also includes MediaTek’s 4-in-1 connectivity solution – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM – into its silicon, in addition to Wi-Fi-certified Miracast multimedia content sharing.
MediaTek is better known as the name behind many a network media player so while the quad-core SoC is aimed at phones and tablets, it has enough smarts to also make for a killer TV design that not only incorporates Skype but can even make calls as well.
First tablet of the production line to feature the tablet according to MediaTek will be Lenovo’s upcoming IdeaTab S6000 series, although no launch date has been mentioned.
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