MediaTek, a Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company, announced the launch of the Helio P70 system-on-chip (SoC), with an improved Artificial Intelligence engine combined with CPU and GPU upgrades for more powerful AI processing. The new SoC also comes with upgraded imaging and camera support, a gaming performance boost and advanced connectivity features; all these packed into an ultra-power-efficient chipset.
The Helio P70 follows Helio P60, which the company launched earlier this year, and builds on its hallmark features to power the “New Premium” market of full-featured smartphones at affordable price. The Helio P70 is in volume production now, and is expected to be available in consumer devices by November of this year, said a press release.
The Helio P70, built with TSMC’s 12nm FinFET technology, features a multi-core APU operating at up to 525 MHz for fast and efficient edge-AI processing. The chipset packs four Arm Cortex-A73 2.1 GHz processors and four Arm Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz processors in an octa-core big.LITTLE configuration in order to maximize the performance of demanding AI applications. An Arm Mali-G72 MP3 GPU operating at up to 900 MHz gives the chipset additional power boost, providing a 13% performance improvement compared to Helio P60.
“With an enhanced AI engine that works seamlessly across the CPU and GPU, Helio P70 delivers much faster performance for AI applications and is still highly power efficient,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit. “The introduction of Helio P70 continues MediaTek’s commitment to deliver high-end smartphone features and advanced technology for the mass market.”
With 10 to 30 percent more AI processing power than its predecessor, the Helio P70 supports more complex AI applications such as real-time human pose recognition and AI based video encoding.
Its AI video encoder boosts video call quality even during limited connection bandwidth. It can be used for video calls including Skype calls, Facebook video calls and YouTube live video streaming.
Helio P70 GPU enhancements also deliver a better overall gaming experience. It’s optimized to reduce frame-rate jitter and improve latency for touch controls and display visuals for a smooth, fluid gaming experience.
Helio P70 supports a variety of AI-infused photo and video experiences including real-time beautification, scene detection and artificial reality (AR) capabilities. It features improved deep-learning facial detection with up to 90 percent accuracy. With support for a super-sized 32MP single camera, or 24+16MP dual cameras, the chipset gives device makers more design flexibility.
Helio P70 comes with a 4G LTE modem and 300MBit/s of download performance. Dual 4G VoLTE support provides a seamless user experience across two different SIMs for higher quality calls and faster connection times. Helio P70 also features MediaTek’s smart antenna technology, which automatically uses the best antenna combination to sustain signal quality.