Following the announcement of its flagship Dimensity 9000 SoC for smartphones, MediaTek has unveiled the Pentonic 2000, its flagship TV chipset. In many ways, it appears that this silicon is the first of its kind in the world.
To begin with, this is the first 7nm chip for televisions, and it is based on TSMC’s node. Second, it’s the first commercial TV chipset to support H.266 material using Versatile Video Coding (VVC). This is a new codec for streaming and broadcasting media that has increased compression efficiency. The list of natively supported encodings also includes HEVC, VP9, and VS3.
The Pentonic 2000 from MediaTek is the world’s first 7nm TV chip, decoding 8K@120Hz.
The chip is so strong that it can run 8K resolution at 120Hz while also supporting MEMC. Non-8K material can also be upscaled to the TV’s maximum quality, which MediaTek claims is AI-powered. The addition of UFS 3.1 storage makes things much faster.
In terms of connectivity, the chip supports the Wi-Fi 6E standard, with 5G capability remaining optional if some TV manufacturers choose to integrate it.
The first Pentonic 2000-powered televisions are due in 2022.