MediaTek Shows First TV Unit with Marshmallow

At CES MediaTek, a large semiconductor fabrication company, showed off a new SoC (system on a chip) running the latest version of Android, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, on a TV. The new chip, MediaTek MT5596 quad core Cortex A53, supports 64-bit Android as opposed to the older 32-bit SoCs.

Photo credit: Fudzilla
Photo credit: Fudzilla

The GPU (graphical processing unit) has also received a substantial update to support the Mali T860 GPU. A stronger GPU means vast improvements in game rendering. Plus this should have a positive effect with navigating the system and playing back video.

The new SoC supports several more display modes including HDR (high dynamic range), super resolution, and its own clear motion picture quality tech all in 4K resolution at 60 FPS (frames per second). The chip also has built-in support for several video codecs.

The previous generation of Sony’s TV sets used an earlier MediaTek chip, and MediaTek is continuing to advance TV quality in partnership with Google. This time last year MediaTek announced the first ultra-high definition Android TV unit. Over the past year, other companies have stepped up to manufacture their own 4K Android TVs. As they are a chip company, their products may be what powers the UHD Android TVs from Sony.

This puts MediaTek at a good position to make future hardware support easy to integrate by other manufacturers, and their work with Google means that devices can add hardware support for a feature before it is ready in the software.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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