Thursday, April 18, 2024

MediaTek’s new chipsets for Chromebooks balance the power and efficiency

During the Mediatek Executive Summit 2020, an online event that took place on Tuesday (November 10), MediaTek announced a pair of Chromebook chipsets that it says could balance power with improved battery life performance. The company designed and developed the 6nm MT8195 for premium Chromebooks and the 7nm MT8192 for broader use.

With the new chipsets, MediaTek can design powerful, sleek, and lightweight Chromebooks that deliver longer battery life and incredible computing experiences.

MediaTek’s MT8195, built on the 6nm TSMC process, integrates an octa-core CPU, with four Arm Cortex-A78 cores for compute-intensive applications and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores to simultaneously handle background tasks and maximize battery life. The five-core Arm-Mali G57 GPU delivers great visuals, while quad-channel 2133MHz LPDDR4X ensures there is plenty of memory bandwidth for the powerful cores. The AI processing unit is MediaTek APU 3.0, which provides processing of up to 4 trillion operations per second.

The chipset also handles up to three displays simultaneously and supports Dolby Vision, 7.1 surrounds sound audio and a Codec AV1 hardware video accelerator. This allows users to enjoy cinema-quality experiences for streaming movies and TV shows from the most popular online services.

The MT8192 focuses on more affordable Chromebooks, with four Arm Cortex-A76 cores paired with four Arm Cortex-A55 to provide an ideal balance of power and efficiency. It also has an older APU, the APU 2.0, which provides up to 2.4 trillion operations per second. Additionally, the MT8192 supports wide quad high definition (WQHD) displays with standard 60Hz refresh-rates or Full HD displays with up to 120Hz refresh-rates for super-fast responsiveness.

With the MT8192 and MT8195 chipsets, brands can design Chromebooks with a variety of camera configurations thanks to a high dynamic range (HDR) image signal processor and hardware depth engine built into the chipsets. This allows makers to integrate super-large 80MP 4-cell cameras, single 32MP cameras, or dual camera setups up to 16 MP + 16 MP to bring Chromebooks sharp and crisp HDR for video conferencing.

The devices based on the MT8192 will begin shipping in the second quarter of next year. The MT8195 will power premium Chromebooks, smart displays, tablets, and other smart devices, which will hit the market at a later date.