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CES 2015 | MediaTek unveils MT2601 SoC designed for Android Wear-powered devices

MediaTek intros MT2601 SoC for Android Wear devices
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The new chip supports qHD display resolution and integrates a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor and Mali-400 MP graphics.

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MediaTek announced yesterday a new SoC for wearable devices powered by Google's Android Wear software. Unlike most competing chips, the MediaTek MT2601 focuses on improving energy efficiency, thus providing a much smaller and cheaper solution for device makers. According to the official press release, "The MT2601 packs a robust set of features in its small size with 41.5 percent fewer components and lower current consumption when compared with other chipsets in the market."

MediaTek MT2601 consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.2 GHz that operates next to a Mali-400 MP graphics processing unit which has support for qHD resolution. This small footprint chip can handle "a whole host of external sensors" and also interfaces with the MT6630 Bluetooth connectivity SoC.

J.C. Hsu, General Manager of New Business Development at MediaTek thinks the company's new solution "will fuel the maker revolution and empower the application developer community worldwide to create a broad range of innovative applications and services." MediaTek MT2601 is already in production and ready to become part of Android Wear-powered devices, but no such wearable has been announced yet.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-01- 7 (Update: 2015-01- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
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