MediaTek unveils its 64-bit, LTE integrated, MT6732 SoC

by: Robert TriggsFebruary 24, 2014

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MediaTek has announced its latest mobile SoC, the MT6732. Whilst the name might not give much away, this little chip packs in quite a few features.

Just like Qualcomm’s earlier announcement, MediaTek’s latest chip will be 64-bit compatible, opening the door for handset manufacturers to cram more RAM into their handsets and for app developers to start working on new code. This means that MediaTek’s MT6732 will be based on the new ARMv8 architecture, in fact the new chip will be built from four 1.5GHz Cortex A53 cores. Accompanying these CPU improvements, the MT6732 will also feature a next generation Mali-T670 graphics chip, which as well as performance improvements, brings access to Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 graphics APIs.

MediaTek has also squeezed plenty of additional features into the MT6732, including support for LTE, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and EDGE networks, as well as the usual WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The SoC also includes support for a 13MP camera image signal processor, low-power 1080p video playback with H.265 and H.264 codecs, as well as [email protected] video recording, making it a competitive chip for mid and high end smartphones.

In addition to the MT6732, MediaTek has also announced a new five-in-one wireless combo chip named the MT6630. This isn’t a CPU, instead this chip is built around maximising connectivity. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, advanced Wi-Fi Direct and Miracast support, Bluetooth 4.1, tri-band reception of GPS and GLONASS, and also works as an FM transceiver.

The final piece of tech unveiled by MediaTek is called Pump Express. Pump Express is a fast charging mobile technology, which aims to improve battery charging efficiency and charge times by optimizing the voltage to prevent overheating.  It determines the initial voltage necessary to recharge its battery and then steadily increased the charge Voltage up to 5V, to maximize charging current, while keeping the battery from overheating. MediaTek reckons that Pump Express can cut charging times in half, when compared to a standard USB charger.

The MT6732 SoC will be available in the third quart of this year, whilst the MT6630 will be featured in device in the second half of the year. Pump Express will be arriving even sooner, with compatible device expected to start appearing in this half of 2014.

  • MasterMuffin

    Now that we’re seeing so many 64-bit SoC’s getting announced, I wonder if Samsung will pull a big surprise and have a 64-bit SoC in S5

    • Shark Bait

      I wouldn’t be shocked !

      • MasterMuffin

        I wouldn’t be shocker either, but definitely pleasantly surprised!

        • Shark Bait

          Well the iPhone 5 has one so its a pretty good bet the s5 will

    • gils001

      Samsung will probably have two chipsets like all the other times. International versions will have 64bit while others will have snapdragon 801. I don’t know this for sure, but I’m just gonna make a guess.

    • Dynamite

      It isn’t a surprise when you know it will happen… And definitely not a big one.

      • Amine Elouakil

        S800 so no, the prime version maybe but then again that one will have the S805 (which is not 64bit) the exynos prime version maybe

  • Andrew T Roach

    Affordable SoC’s from China have been on the rise for years. RK3188 by Rockchip is well over a year old and has the same performance as the Note 2 for instance. It just takes longer for cheap SoC’s to hit the market because upfront costs take huge volume of sales recoup.

    Integrated LTE might pretty much put the nail in the coffin for Qualcomm’s ambitions in China and India. Especially when a A53 Quad at 1.5ghz is going to deliver an absolutely fluid experience with fast app loads with much less battery use than A9’s.

  • Cal Rankin

    I wonder if these will be cheap for OEMs to use. I would be very amused if Goophone or somebody made an iPhone 5S ripoff using this.