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MediaTek Pentonic 2000, the first 7nm smartTV SoC capable of decoding 8K content at 120 Hz

The MediaTek Pentonic 2000 is a revolutionary chip for two big reasons. The first is that we are, as we have anticipated, before the first chip for smart televisions manufactured in 7 nm, and the second is that it is also the first that is capable of decoding content in resolution 8K and 120 Hz.

In case someone has gotten lost, I remind you that 8K is equivalent to 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, which adds up to a total of more than 33.17 million pixels. For comparison purposes, just remember in 4K resolution 8.29 million pixels are reproduced. Indeed, the difference is enormous, since we have four times more pixels on the screen.

I know that 8K content is something that has not yet become popular in our country, and that it is having a rather slow start in many parts of the world, but this does not mean that we should forget about it, rather the opposite. In the end, and as happened at the time with 4K, it is a standard that will gradually gain ground, and it is only a matter of time until it ends up “democratizing”, although it is true that it will take much longer than 4K.

MediaTek Pentonic 2000 – H.266 ready

The MediaTek Pentonic 2000 chip is a solution designed to be integrated into the most advanced televisions on the market, thanks to its ability to decode in 8K resolution and at 120 Hz. Another of its most important achievements is that it is the first chip in its category that is Compliant with VVC H.266 video compression codec, and it promises to improve, at least, the quality by 30% compared to H.265. It also supports HEVC, VP9 and VS3 natively.

On the other hand, this chip is so powerful that it is capable of working with 8K resolution and 120 Hz while maintaining support for MEMC («Movement Estimation, Movement Compensation») a technology that allows adding frames, by interpolation, to content with a low rate of frames per second. In this way, that content is reproduced in a smoother and more balanced way, and when combined with a high refresh rate, as is the case when we talk about 120 Hz, the result we get is very good. Thus, for example, it is possible that a video at 24 FPS goes up to 60 FPS.

The Taiwanese company has also confirmed that the MediaTek Pentonic 2000 is able to rescale content at the highest possible resolution of the TV. Artificial intelligence is used for this, according to MediaTek, although the firm has not gone into details beyond what was said. Regarding storage and connectivity, the MediaTek Pentonic 2000 supports the UFS 3.1 standard, supports the standard Wi-Fi 6E and it also supports 5G, although the latter is an optional feature.

The first televisions equipped with this new chip are expected to arrive sometime in 2022, but we still do not have details about the first models that will use it, and there is no information about their possible sale prices. However, considering that we are talking about smart TVs with 8K resolution, it is clear that those prices will be high.

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