Mediatek launches Pentonic chipset for 4K 120 Hz TVs


A “smart” television is one that contains a more advanced chipset than a “regular” television.

MediaTek’s Pentonic 1000 is the company’s latest flagship smart TV SoC, and it supports 4K at 120Hz. With its 8-screen Intelligent View and Wi-Fi 6/6E connectivity, users can watch or preview numerous streams simultaneously.
Other features include Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail and MEMC for smoother video.

Although little specifics were provided, MediaTek claims the Pentonic 1000 SoC includes a “multicore CPU,” a dual-core GPU, an APU (Artificial Intelligence Processing Unit), and video decoding engines.

In terms of gaming, it supports VRR at up to 4K 144Hz, while it normally operates at 4K 120Hz. In addition, there is the ALLM, or Auto Low Latency Mode. To “ushered in the initial wave of VVC adoption,” VVC and H.266 can be played alongside AV1, HEVC, VP9, and other formats.

MediaTek’s General Manager of the TV Business Unit, Alex Chen, said, “We created the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 particularly to support today’s smart TV trends, including 4K streaming, cloud gaming, video conferencing, and watch parties.”

With support for high dynamic range (HDR) content, 120 frames per second (fps), multi-element motion compensation (MEMC), artificial intelligence (AI) advancements, Wi-Fi 6/6E connectivity, and cutting-edge codecs like VVC, the Pentonic 1000 will provide the best 4K watching experience possible.

On balance, it seems like the Pentonic 1000 will be a solid TV chipset. The company’s Intelligent View technology is especially intriguing because it allows you to preview a stream or another channel while browsing TV stations and even talking to someone on the phone at the same time.

This is more of an advanced user scenario for a television, but it’s more than most people will ever need.

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