Mediatek brings HomeKit to two of its popular SoC ranges
Semiconductor company Mediatek has announced that it has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. MediaTek's new SDKs support two of its System On a Chip (SoC) families: the MT7688 for smart appliances found in wireless speakers and webcams, and the low-power MT7687, which enables any home appliance from garage doors, power switches, and thermostats to run on the FreeRTOS operating system, which supports HomeKit. Devices with the chipsets are already available.
First devices with the technology available later in 2015
MediaTek today announced CrossMount -- a new technology that simplifies hardware and software resource sharing between different consumer devices. Designed to be a new standard in cross-device convergence, the CrossMount framework ensures any compatible device can seamlessly use and share hardware or software resources authorized by the user. CrossMount is an open technology for MediaTek customers and partners.
Low-cost Nexus smartphone could be priced at under $100
The next model in the Google Nexus smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall specification, could end up being sold by the company for under $100 off-contract.
Second smartphone from Huawei with eight-core chip teased this week
More details about another Huawei smartphone with eight-core chip have surfaced, including an image showing part of the device. Teased by Huawei CEO Richard Yu last week as forming part of the Ascend P6S, the same MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor will apparently be appearing in the Huawei Glory 4 sometime in the future.
Octa-core processor to appear in updated Huawei smartphone
An updated version of the Huawei Ascend P6 is on the horizon, one which will see it having an octa-core processor. Huawei president Xu Xun Quan revealed that the Ascend P6S smartphone will be getting the eight-core treatment in the future, though refrained from hinting at exactly when the device will be coming on the market.
Line boasts four dual-core models ranging from 4 to 5.3 inches
Electronics manufacturers Archos and MediaTek have partnered to release the Archos Titanium smartphone line, with four mid-range fully-featured smartphones with prices starting at €100 ($137). The new Archos Titanium smartphones include dual-SIM support with HSPA+ speeds, and are fully Google certified running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, giving them complete access to the Google Play store.
Technology companies working on cheaper Internet access plans
A group of technology companies have grouped together to launch a new initiative to bring Internet access to parts of the global population that do not have it. The collective, consisting of Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung and led by Facebook, launched Internet.org and will work together on projects to provide access to those without an Internet connection.
MediaTek tech behind first triple-SIM smartphones start to hit the market
Chipmaker MediaTek is powering the technology behind a recently leaked GooPhone and the new LG Optimus L4 II that has just reached the market in Brazil. Both the devices can switch between three carriers and can be utilized simultaneously. Each SIM can receive calls, transmit data, send SMS messages and remain in stand-by mode concurrently without over taxing the battery.
SoC includes integrated Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth radios, HSPA modem
MediaTek has launched its new quad-core System-on-Chip aimed for use in smartphones designed for emerging markets. The MT6572 is claimed to be the first dual-core SoC in the world with integrated Wi-Fi, FM, GPS, and Bluetooth functionality, something that could help lower the production cost of budget-ranged smartphones further.
Neo N003 brings 5-inch 1080p display and quad-core CPU for $145
Chinese users are inline to get the cheapest 5-inch 1080p handset to date. The Neo N003 will be priced at the equivalent of just $145 (899 yuan) when it goes on sale in the next month. In addition, the Neo N003 will be packing a MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor.
Phones may destined for Chinese market and more
Last week, Chinese chip-maker MediaTek launched a new mobile chipset that melded a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a PowerVR SGX5 GPU. The MT6575 has the potential to be used for entry-level smartphones running Android 4.0. Although not quite at that performance level, the chip has
shown up in three handsets destined for the Chinese market.
Components aimed at entry-level smartphones
MediaTek has announced a new mobile chipset, the MT6575, that promises to bring Android 4.0 to entry-level smartphones. The hardware is based on a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor, stepping up from the 650MHz chip of the previous-generation components that were utilized in Lenovo's A60 handset.
Imagination PowerVR 6 gets six licenses
Imagination Technologies hinted strongly at the roadmap for Apple and other mobile device makers late Tuesday with word that it had handed out the first licenses for PowerVR 6 series graphics. It confirmed that ST-Ericsson's future Nova chips, as well as later TI OMAP processors and unnamed hardware from MediaTek, would use the new technology. Three others were also onboard but were being kept secret, alluding to Apple as one of the clients.
Rambus sues NVIDIA and five others over DDR RAM
Rambus late Wednesday sued six semiconductor firms in a patent dispute that could jeopardize electronics. The multiple suits filed in a Northern District of California court accuse Broadcom, Freescale, LSI, MediaTek, NVIDIA and STMicro of copying Rambus technology for DDR memory, including GDDR memory for graphics, as well as common connection standards such as DisplayPort, PCI Express, SAS and SATA. It claimed ownership of some of the techniques after having bought the patents from Velio Communications in 2003, EETimes noted.
China's MediaTek joins Open Handset Alliance
Chinese chipset supplier MediaTek said on Monday that it has joined the Google-ran Open Handset Alliance. The company makes some of the world's least expensive handsets, though sales have mainly been relegated to mainland China. With its latest move and a recent tie-up with Qualcomm, this could mean some Android-powered handsets at entry-level prices could come to North America soon.
Ophone in China by May
China Mobile is due to release the Lenovo-made Ophone this May, beating Apple's iPhone to the market, which itself is rumored to go on sale in China in June through carrier Unicom, says a Monday DigiTimes report. The two touchscreen smartphones share similarities, including a similar look to the touch-enabled user interface on a large touchscreen, though the Ophone is already known to be based on China Mobile's customized version of Android known as the Open Mobile System (OMS).