Smart TV chip to power flagship 8K TVs

Smart TV chip to power flagship 8K TVs

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By Rich Pell

Offered as the world’s first commercial TV chip manufactured using TSMC’s N7 (7nm-class) process, the company’s mew Pentonic 2000 all-in-one flagship chip integrates AI-engines, MEMC, VVC decoding and picture-in-picture technology. The device, says the company, delivers unparalleled performance and power efficiency.

“MediaTek has built its multimedia expertise over the past two decades and is now the No. 1 chipset provider for smart TVs,” says Dr. Mike Chang, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Smart Home Business Group at MediaTek. “The introduction of the Pentonic brand continues our legacy as we focus on pushing the boundaries of innovation in the smart TV market. The new Pentonic 2000 chip is designed with all the flagship features consumers are looking for – from the latest display and audio technologies to super-fast refresh rates, powerful AI capabilities, picture-in-picture streaming and more.”

Pentonic 2000 supports 8K 120Hz displays, and can even support 144Hz for gaming PC hardware and the ninth generation of consoles, and is the first chip with an integrated 8K 120Hz MEMC engine. The chip’s built-in high performance MediaTek APU (AI processor) powers the company’s new 8K AI-Super Resolution technology that intelligently upscales lower-resolution content to the display’s native resolution, while also performing real-time image quality enhancements.

With the company’s Intelligent View technology, the chip supports multiple picture-in-picture (PiP) or picture-by-picture (PbP) screens, allowing a large 8K resolution display to showcase a display wall of different media sources. This means that consumers can have multiple apps open and stream from different sources, all at the same time. In addition, Intelligent View not only ensures that the video in each window continues to display seamlessly – even when the window size or display layout changes – but also provides the same level of picture quality in each window to ensure the best viewing experience.

Inside the chip, says the company, is the TV industry’s fastest CPU and GPU, which is fueled by an ultra-wide memory bus and ultra-fast UFS 3.1 storage. MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E or even 5G cellular modems can be used by device makers to provide the fastest wireless internet connectivity for 8K streaming media, or up to multiple streamed sources displayed at once.

Pentonic 2000 is offered as the first commercial 8K TV chip with Versatile Video Coding (VVC) H.266 media support, which offers improved compression efficiency – something that is essential for today’s streaming era. Pentonic 2000 supports Dolby’s latest imaging and audio technologies to provide the ultimate cinematic experiences in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Additionally, the chip supports AV1 for streaming services and all global TV broadcast standards including the latest ATSC 3.0.

The Pentonic 2000 will power next-generation flagship 8K TVs that are expected to launch in the global market in 2022.



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