MediaTek To Redefine the Android Tablet Industry with world-first ARM® Cortex®-A72-based tablet SoC - MT8173
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MediaTek To Redefine the Android Tablet Industry with world-first ARM® Cortex®-A72-based tablet SoC - MT8173

Revolutionary new 64-bit ARM processor ramps up tablet performance and battery life for heavy content Android users

BARCELONA, Spain, March 1, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — MediaTek today announced the first tablet system-on-chip (SoC) in a family that features an ARM® Cortex®-A72 processor, the industry's highest-performing mobile CPU. The Quad-core MT8173 is designed to maximize the benefits of the new processor and greatly increase tablet performance, while extending battery life to ensure a premium tablet experience. The MT8173 meets the growing demand for 4K Ultra HD content and graphic-heavy gaming by everyday mobile computing device users.

The MT8173 is designed with a 64-bit Multi-core big.LITTLE architecture that combines two Cortex-A72 CPUs and two Cortex-A53 CPUs, extending performance and power efficiency further. MT8173  boasts a six-fold  increase in performance compared to the MT8125 released in 2013. MT8173 offers up to 2.4GHz performance, supporting OpenCL with the deployment of MediaTek Corepilot® 2.0, and enables heterogeneous computing between the CPU and GPU. The SoC also ensures the ultimate in display clarity and motion fluency on 120Hz display, promising smooth scrolling with crystal clarity as compared to a normal 60Hz display. 

"MT8173 highlights the significant shift in how mobile devices, such as Android tablets, are used and, with the combination of ARM's latest technology, we are delivering a platform that answers the growing demand for improved mobile multimedia performance and power usage.  By presenting CPU specs that outperform any other device currently on the market, we are bringing PC-like performance in a tablet form factor, which reinforces MediaTek's continued commitment to deliver premium technology to everyone across the globe," said Joe Chen, Senior Vice President of MediaTek.

"MediaTek has been a strong adopter of ARM big.LITTLE processing architecture, extending it with CorePilot, to deliver extreme performance, while maintaining power efficiency," said Noel Hurley, General Manager, CPU group, ARM. "Decisively and quickly incorporating the second-generation of our 64-bit technology into a market-ready product, underscores the partnership between ARM and MediaTek."

The MT8173 platform features: 

True Heterogeneous 64-bit Multi-Core big.LITTLE architecture up to 2.4GHz

Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU

Comprehensive Multimedia Features

Security hardware accelerator

MT8173 is available for customers now, and will be featured in the first commercial tablets in second half of this year. MT8173 is being demonstrated at 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain at MediaTek's booth - Hall 6, Stand 6E21.

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge Systems on Chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world's first True Octa-core™ smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot® technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius®. MediaTek [TSE: 2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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