Already announced in March of this year, MediaTek today unveiled its flagship 5G flagship SoC, which combines an ARM Cortex-A77 CPU with the in-house Helio M70 5G modem. After the sample phase, series production will start soon and first products with the new 5G SoC should be available in early 2020.
Already shortly after the launch of the new ARM Cortex-A77 CPU, MediaTek announced a new SoC that would use ARM's new CPU cores and be designed for the next-generation low-cost 5G smartphones. So far, the Taiwanese manufacturer has simply named the new SoC produced at 7 nm at TSMC as “5G SoC”. Under the name “Dimensity”, a new generation will be heralded, which delimits the new 5G SoC from the previous 4G Helio series.
We chose the name Dimensity to highlight how our 5G solutions are driving new waves of innovation and experiences, much like the fabled fifth dimension.
Joe Chen, MediaTek CEO
In its official press release, MediaTek now speaks of “unlike in May this year”premium and flagship smartphones“, Which are to be equipped with the new SoC. These will appear in the first quarter of 2020, according to MediaTek.
Cortex-A77, Mali-G77 and Dual 5G SIM
Dimensity 1000 relies on a configuration of four ARM Cortex-A77 cores up to 2.6GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores up to 2.0GHz from the new ARM Mali G77 GPU in the expansion stage Flanked by MC9. In addition, MediaTek relies on a new self-developed neural processor unit (NPU) of the third generation, which the manufacturer calls “APU 3.0”. With an output of up to 4.5 TOPS, MediaTek intends to have more than doubled the performance of the NPU compared to its predecessor generation.
That according to MediaTek “world's first dual 5G SIM capable“With its Two Carrier Aggregation, the 5G modem supports up to 4.7 Gbps downlink and up to 2.5 Gbps uplink and VoNT (Voice / Video over NR) VoNT. In addition, the modem offers Wi-Fi 6 (formerly IEEE 802.11ax) with 2 × 2 MIMO and Bluetooth 5.1. The 5G modem supports multi-mode mobile communication standards from 2G to 5G and is designed for 5G non-standalone as well as standalone operation in sub-6 GHz networks, which should not start with all features before 2022 ,
80 megapixels with 24 frames per second
In addition to support for dual cameras with a configuration of 32 + 16 megapixels, the SoC's ISP supports a maximum of 80 megapixels at 24 frames per second. This allows video recording in 4K with 60 fps. The manufacturer points out that the Dimensity 1000 is the first chip ever to support multi-frame video HDR. High frame rates are supported with up to 90 Hz for FullHD + 120 Hz for 2K + respectively. In addition, the Dimensity 1000 is the first SoC ever to support the Google AV1 format in 4K with 60 fps.
For further information, MediaTek has already dedicated a separate product page to the Dimensity 1000, from which all further specifications can be taken.