MediaTek launches tablet SOC HEVC video playback support
| 02 June 2014
Looking at the super-mid market and the emerging 4KTV arena, MediaTek has launched a quad-core tablet system-on-a-chip (SoC) that offers full hardware support for the HEVC (H.265) video playback standard.

This means that users of the target quad-core tablets will have optimised and integrated support for H.265 video playback with videos able to play with an average of up to 50% less video bandwidth compared to the previous H.264 standard.

Powered by an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, the MediaTek's MT8127 supports a full HD 1920x1200 LCD screen display which when combined with MediaTek MiraVision is said to provide an image quality similar to that of a digital TV. By integrating support for MediaTek's connectivity solutions — including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, FM receiver and GPS — the SoC is said to allow manufacturers to enjoy shorter time-to-market and reduce the printed circuit board (PCB) area and related costs. Moreover, claims MediaTek, the SoC's multimedia features, performance, low power consumption and affordable price point make it the best-in-class tablet SoC for the super-mid market.

"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."

The MediaTek's MT8127 SoC is slated to power ALCATEL ONETOUCH's PIXI 8 tablet which will be launched later in 2014.