MediaTek launches MT8127 chip with HEVC video playback support for tablets

Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has unveiled the MT8127, a quad-core System on a Chip (SoC) targeted for “super-mid” market tablets, on May 31. The company introduced the “super mid” term this year at the Mobile World Congress to refer to smart devices with premium features sold at mainstream prices–these being the first devices that many consumers will encounter.

The hardware supports the new HEVC (H.265) video playback standard, which allows videos to play with an average of up to 50% less video bandwidth compared to the previous H.264 standard.

“As the Super-mid market continues to grow, the demand for high-performing yet affordable multimedia features increases exponentially, which is why our quad-core tablet SoC with HEVC video playback is so impactful in the mid-range tablet market,” said Joe Chen, General Manager of MediaTek’s Home Entertainment Business unit.

“We believe that the MT8127, with its highly integrated system, rich multimedia capabilities and optimal cost-performance ratio, is the best offer in the mid-range tablet market today. It is another example of our dedication to providing high-end technology to the mainstream market.”

By integrating support for MediaTek’s connectivity solutions including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, FM receiver and GPS, the SoC allows manufacturers to enjoy shorter time-to-market and reduces the printed circuit board (PCB) area and related costs.

Powered by an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor with a clock rate of 1.5GHz, and a quad-core ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU, MediaTek’s MT8127 has a 13MP camera and delivers low-power, Full HD 1080p video playback and recording. A Full HD 1,920 x 1,200 LCD screen display combined with MediaTek MiraVision provides image quality similar to that of a digital TV. The SoC also supports Wi-Fi certified Miracast and NFC, which makes content sharing between devices more convenient.

MediaTek has already signed up at least one customer for its MT8127 SoC. The company said the MT8127 will power the Alcatel Onetouch PIXI 8 tablet, to be launched later this year.