Mediatek roadmap tells of new quad-core and octa-core chipsets for 2013

Mediatek’s chipset roadmap gives us full details of the upcoming octa-core chpset along with details of an all new quad-core processor!

Mediatek are one of the reasons why Chinese phone manufacturers are now seen as viable alternatives to big brand phone makers. Last year their dual-core MT6577 was found in many a high-end Chinese phone, and this year’s quad-core MT6589 chipset has been used by Chinese and big brand phone makers alike! (Sony and HTC to name just a few).

Obviously all eyes are on Mediatek and we are all very interested to see what the Taiwanese chipset maker have planed for the coming months.

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Quad-core MT6582

We have already reported on the quad-core MT6582, which is basically are lower end quad-core chipset for phone with up to 1280 x 720 displays and 8 mega-pixel cameras. Clock speed will be set at 1.3Ghz on the new chip and an older Mali 400 GPU will be used to keep costs low.

The rest of the architecture seems similar to the MT6589 line up with the phone being based on a Cortex A7 28nm set up. The Mediatek MT6582 processor will be ready to ship from the 3rd quarter of 2013.

Quad-core MT6588

While the MT6582 will occupy low-end smartphones the quad-core MT6588 is targeted at high-end Chinese phones and as such boasts a faster speed, improved GPU and 28nm HKMG (High-K Metal gate) Architecture, which should improve energy efficiency in the faster quad-core SoC.

The MT6588 will use a multicore GPU from the PowerVGSGX6 range, however we don’t know for sure how many cores will be available.

MT6588 chips will launch in the final quarter of 2013.

Octa-core MT6592

The 8 core MT65892 will be the first 8 core processor from Mediatek and the first in the world which will allow all 8 cores to run at the same time. The MT6592 will be based on the same 28nm HKMG Cortex A7 platform as the MT6588 and with a similar multi-core GPU, however this SoC will run at 2Ghz!

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The MT6592 and MT6588 are both designed to be used with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 13 mega-pixel cameras, so don’t go expecting huge jumps in resolution and camera sensor size in 2014!

MT6592 chipsets will launch in the final quarter of 2013.


Nothing is really know about the LTE Mediatek chipset other than it will be 28nm based and available from the 1st quarter of 2014, but our bets are that we won’t be seeing an Octa-core version of this SoC until mid to late 2014.

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MT8135 Big.Little

It’s not just smartphones which will be getting some new shiny new Mediatek hardware, tablets will also be getting some new performance and connectivity boosts also. The MT8135 will be an updated version of the current MT8125 and MT8389 quad-core chips.

The main performance advantage of the MT8135 will be the Big.Little design allowing the processor to switch between it’s Cortex A15 and A7 cores to improve energy efficiency. The new Chipset will get a similar multi-core GPU to it’s phone based counter parts and will supper up to 720p displays and 13 mega-pixel cameras.

MT8135 SoC’s will be clocked at between 1.5 and 2.Ghz and we can expect to see them delivered to manufactures by the 3rd quarter of 2013.

Mediatek in 2014

With a solid range of chipsets for both smartphones and tablets we can see that many phone makers are going to be considering Mediatek as a low-cost alternative to Nvidia and Qualcomm.

We are also going to be seeing some seriously powerful Chinese Android smartphones hit the market along with some extremely low-cost quad-core handsets! It’s an exciting time and we can’t wait to see what Chinese phone companies will do with the hardware now available to them!

Thanks to Nas for the tip!

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