MediaTek has announced new MT2601 System on Chip (SoC) for wearable devices. The chip is based on Google’s Android Wear software, which will allow device makers to implement their own hardware and software. This new chip will boost the Android Wear devices market globally.
Getting into the specifications, MT2601 features 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A7, ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, and supports qHD display resolution. It interfaces with a set of external sensors and for Bluetooth it uses the SoC MT6630. Everything resides in a compact design with PCBA footprint of less than 480 mm, which will fit well in wearable devices in the areas of sports and fitness, location tracking, and various other categories.
Mediatek claims to have used 41.5 percent fewer components in MT2601 and it also results in lower current consumption in comparison to other chipsets in the market. The press release says that, “its design advantages translates into lower bill of materials (BoM) costs, smaller printed circuit board (PCB) size and longer battery life, which in turn yield fashionable wearable devices with long usage times and affordable prices.”
“The MT2601 has an incredibly small die size and is highly optimized for cost and power performance. The platform solution, comprised of MT2601 integrated with Android Wear software, will fuel the maker revolution and empower the application developer community worldwide to create a broad range of innovative applications and services,” said J.C. Hsu, General Manager of New Business Development at MediaTek.