MediaTek announces new AI-Powered chips and a collab with Alibaba
Everyone is getting into the AI game, with Google(deep learning AI)and Apple(Neural AI engine) leading on the software front while Qualcomm is in with its high-end Snapdragon 845 chip and Huwaei also following with its NPU with its Kirin processors. And a newcomer has also hopped into the AI bandwagon, and it’s none other than the Taiwanese Chipmaker MediaTek.
The semiconductor giant has announced various AI-powered processors at CES 2018 which will further form a base for many entry-level AI-powered IoT devices, that will be hitting the market in 2018 and 2019. Starting with the MT8695 a SoC designed for dongles that could support up to 4K resolution, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 support. It is the world’s first chip to be manufactured at 12nm. This means we could see an affordable version or alternative to Google Chromecast ultra and Amazon fire stick.
MediaTek announced that it had established a partnership with the famous Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, with their AI division. These new AI-powered chips that are the MT7581 and the MT7583 will be used for IoT devices and other smart home devices, probably a smart speaker. Along with this, a Smartmesh connectivity collab is also in plans, that will help in faster adoption of smart home devices across China. MediaTek confirmed that they include an AI-friendly interface that will allow OEMs to develop intelligent devices with ease.
For smartphones, it has also introduced NeuroPilot SDK that will allow better voice assistant experience and aims at faster image detection functions. Moreover, other chips revealed are for WiFi routers from Asus and D-link as well as a new Bluetooth chip with advanced security features, so you are safe from the likes of Blueborne attack or similar threats.