MediaTek at MWC 2018 introduced its new chipset designed for mid-range smartphones: Helio P60 chipset. The highlight of the new MediaTek SoC platform, it features multi-core AI processing unit (mobile APU).
The new Helio P60 packs hardware designed to ‘accelerate AI tasks,’ courtesy of the proprietary NeuroPilot AI technology. Based on TSMC 12nm FinFET technology, MediaTek claims Helio P60 to deliver better “energy efficiency” and “extended battery life.”
The chip embraces ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, breaking a workload between ‘eight cores’ with four Arm Cortex-A73 2.0GHz processor and four Arm Cortex-A53 ticking at 2GHz. MediaTek promises the new SoC to deliver 70% boost in terms of CPU and GPU as compared to their Helio P23 and P30.
Further, P60 supports Energy-Aware Scheduling (EAS) and features MediaTek’s CorePilot 4.0 technology. The company also claims it’s up to 12% more efficient and 25% more power efficient while running graphics-intensive games.
The new SoC supports 1080p display with an aspect ratio of up to 20:9. It uses UFS 2.1 storage and up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM. Its NeuroPilot is said to handle AI related tasks through the ‘standard Android Neural Networks API’ thanks to multi-core APU and claims to offer “class-leading performance.”
The NeuroPilot SDK is compatible with Google Android Neural Networks API and supports common AI frameworks including TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe and Caffe2. Unlike the previous iteration, it has three ISPs to handle dual-camera setup and consume 18 percent less energy.
Further integrating the “camera technology” with mobile APU, the camera can offer ‘real-time beautification’, ‘real-time overlays’, ‘AR/MR acceleration’ and better ‘enhancement to photography’. The Helio P60 supports Cat. 7 downlink speeds and Cat. 13 upload speeds and comes with dual 4G VoLTE-SIM functionality.
MediaTek announced that smartphones being powered by this new octa-core 12nm processor to arrive globally by early Q2 2018.