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MediaTek introduces its first platform for wearable devices

MediaTek, a leading designer of inexpensive application processors for smartphones, has introduced its first platform for wearable computing devices based on Google Android Wear software. This is the first highly-integrated solution for wearable devices from a maker of affordable mobile chips.

MediaTek MT2601 is powered by two ARM Cortex-A7 1.2 GHz general-purpose processing cores and ARM Mali-400 MP graphics processing unit, it supports 960*640 display resolution. The MT2601 supports wireless connectivity SoC MT6630 for Bluetooth. The footprint of the whole solution is less than 480mm². The small size is a requirement for wearables, such as health and fitness trackers, smartwatches, location tracking and various other categories. The solution is fully compatible with Google Android Wear.

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“The MT2601 has an incredibly small die size and is highly optimized for cost and power performance,” said J.C. Hsu, general manager of new business development at MediaTek. “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.”

The MT2601 is in mass production now and ready for inclusion in Android Wear devices, according to the maker.

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KitGuru Says: MediaTek’s decision to enter the market of platforms for wearables is an event that is hard to overestimate. While MediaTek may not be the developer of the highest-performing smartphone SoCs, it is among the leaders when it comes to the market of high-volume smartphones. Therefore, if MediaTek feels that it makes sense to unveil something for wearables, it most likely does.

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