MediaTek Targets Android Wear with New Processor
Taiwanese chipmaker, MediaTek, has been on a roll lately with its latest line of chips to hit the market last year. It looks like they’re looking to keep the ball rolling. Earlier this month, MediaTek announced its new processor taking aim at Android Wear – the MT2601.
The MediaTek made MT2601 packs ARM Cortex-A7 CPU together with a Mali-400 MP GPU. The processor is clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Cortex A7 uses the now ubiquitous big.LITTLE architecture which is used in a lot of high end smartphones. It brings performance packed in a very small package. The processor is less than 480mm2 in size and is made with less than 41.5% components than some of its competitors. The chip will be able to play nice with with an array of external sensors and wireless modems and will also be able to support up to quarter HD (qHD) displays. MediaTek boasts that the processor will be more power efficient than its competitors.
“The MT2601 has an incredibly small die size and is highly optimized for cost and power performance. The platform solution, comprised of MT2601 integrated with Android Wear software, will fuel the maker revolution and empower the application developer community worldwide to create a broad range of innovative applications and services,”
– J.C. Hsu, General Manager, New Business Development
The MT2601 processor is already in mass production and ready for the next wave of Android Wear powered wearables. In line with the ever evolving nature of the wearables space, MediaTek is gearing itself to ensure the MT2601 evolves with it. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Taiwanese chip manufacturer churn out more chips geared towards the wearables space and Android Wear in the future.
MediaTek made processors has been heavily featured in mid- and low-end smartphones in the past years. This is mainly due to the price points of the chips that help keep prices of the devices down. As such, we expect to see the processor featured in future releases of Android Wear powered wearable devices, particularly those geared towards the budget conscious.