MediaTek eyes wearable tech, launches the Aster MT2502 SoC for entry-level smartwatches

MediaTek eyes wearable tech, launches the Aster MT2502 SoC for entry-level smartwatches

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Speak of a budget smartphone, and 90% of the time its going to have none but a MediaTek chipset. This shows just how successful the Taiwanese chipset maker has been with smartphones. Realizing the potential of wearable tech, the popular fabricator is now eyeing a slice of the wearables pie.

For this, the company launched the LinkIt Aster MT2502 SoC, one meant to power entry-level (and hence low-cost) smartwatches. In a way, these could power a smartwatch equivalent of a ‘feature phone’, from what we’re hearing.

The MT2502 runs at a peak of 260MHz, and can go down to just 26MHz to save power. According to Charbax of ARMdevices.net, the MT2502 ‘combines the MCU, PMIC, Bluetooth, Memory and Modem’ all into one tiny, inexpensive chip, that runs a distro of the RTOS Nucleus OS. Paired with the right battery capacity, the MT2502 is claimed to last 4 days on a single charge; but as we’ve mentioned previously, the MT2502 isn’t going to be the most powerful smartwatch SoC you’ll see, but it may well be the most inexpensive.

For now, the MT2502 supports displays of up to 320 x 240 pixels which isn’t much, but hey, it’s smartwatches we’re talking about. We could be talking about something a bit more powerful and as expensive as the Trendy Style L12S smart bracelet, but we’ll wait for an official launch on this platform before speaking further.

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