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

MediaTek's new MT6732 mobile SoC is 64-bit and LTE compatible and is based on four ARM Cortex A53 cores.
February 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 1080p@30fps 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.