Aside from smartphones, chipmaker MediaTek is also making SoCs for Chromebooks. In fact, the company is already powering some of the Chromebooks on the market today. However, they already announced two new chipsets that will debut in Q2 2021 — MT8192 and MT8195. Here’s what you need to know about the duo.
AI Processing Unit
With the power of AI, both the MT8192 and MT8195 are capable of delivering top performance in voice and vision-based applications. That said, they both support voice ID recognization, voice control, speech and image recognition, speech-to-text, live translation, object recognition, background removal, noise reduction, image, and video segmentation, and gesture control, all in real-time. There’s also DSP to enable ultra-low-power voice wakeup for voice assistants.
High-Definition Cameras and Sound
That’s with an “S”, mind you. MediaTek wants phone-grade cameras on future Chromebooks. Apparently, OEMs have the option to use HDR-capable sensors, featuring up to 80MP 4-cell camera, a single 32MP sensor, or dual-camera 16MP+16MP for video conferencing.
Better audio quality will also come to new Chromebooks, as MediaTek’s SoCs support Dolby Vision 7.1 surround sound, AV1 codec hardware video accelerator, and AV1 hardware decoding for fewer data consumption and smoother video experiences. Additionally, there’s 4K HDR video decoding with battery efficiency in mind.
7nm and 6nm Nodes
With the smaller nodes, performance is maximized while keeping battery consumption as low as possible. Based on the 7nm process node, the MT8192 boasts of an octa-core CPU with four Arm Cortex-A76 cores and four Arm Cortex-A55. On the other end, APU 2.0 offers up to 2.4 TOPs. On the GPU side, there’s a five-core Arm Mali-G57, alongside 2133MHz LPDDR4x and UFS 2.1 storage.
The display quality also gets upgraded with up to WQHD 60Hz resolution and FHD 120Hz.
For the 6nm MT8195, the same octa-core CPU is present but with four Arm Cortex-A78 cores for compute-intensive applications and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores to simultaneously handle background tasks and maximize battery life. And with APU 3.0 version, there’s now up to 4TOPs performance. However, the GPU and RAM configuration is the same.
Again, we’re going to see these new chipsets on Chromebooks as early as Q2 2021. And if most of your work revolves around Chrome OS, we think the upgrades are worth the wait.