MediaTek chip has 3D graphics for Android phones

MediaTek has said its latest application processor for smartphones integrates a PowerVR series5 SGX GPU (graphics processing unit) from Imagination Technologies, writes Richard Wilson.

The chip is the MT6573 mobile applications processor which will use the enhanced graphics in gaming, navigation and location-based services.

Designed for Android smartphones, the applications processor is based on a 650MHz ARM11procesor core.

Its graphics capbilities include 3D, multi-format video capture and playback up to FWVGA 30fps, high-resolution camera support to 8MP and a FWVGA, touch-screen display.

The MT6573 platform supports a quad-band, 3G/HSPA modem with mobile broadband rates of 7.2Mbps in the downlink and 5.76 Mbps uplink, as well as quad-band EDGE.

“We are delighted that MediaTek has delivered this highly capable new mass-market application processor,” said Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination.

According to Jeffrey Ju, general manager of the smartphone business unit at MediaTek: “We are thrilled to have PowerVR graphics acceleration in MT6573, and the benefit of Imagination’s insight and experience as a strategic partner going forward.”

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