The first generations of connected gadgets are beginning to demonstrate the possibilities of wearable computing, but they are often a big flaw: a weak autonomy which weakens their potential. The fault is often linked to the fact that the electronic components used come from the world of smartphones.
And if the latter is sensitive to the constraint of energy management, this dimension is even more critical in the case of connected gadgets with small capacity battery, linked to the need for miniaturization and a small footprint. The components from smartphones can only be one temporary response to this issue of wearable computing.
The design of dedicated chips is therefore vital for the adoption of connected gadgets, without which the degraded user experience because constantly penalized by too reduced autonomy, will lead to a rejection of the public.
Device manufacturers and chip designers are well aware of this, but it was first necessary to ensure that the sector was buoyant before risking the necessary investments. CES 2015 is therefore an opportunity for some players to unveil their efforts in terms of Dedicated SoC.
In MediaTek, it's a platform MT2601 dedicated to environmental gadgets Android Wear which is unveiled and which wants to respond precisely to the needs of connected watches.
It is based on a configuration composed of a processor ARM Cortex-A7 1.2 GHz dual core associated with an ARM Mali-400 MP graphics processor, capable of managing displays up to qHD (960 x 540 pixels).
The SoC can be connected to sensors and to the Bluetooth module MT6630 and it occupies a surface of less than 4.8 cm², allowing integration into connected gadgets such as watches and activity tracking bracelets.
MediaTek highlights the "optimized energy efficiency"SoC, its small footprint and price, and the promise of"perfect its system on chip MT2601, according to the evolution of the Android roadmap".
The chip is already in the mass production phase and should therefore quickly find its way into the next Android Wear gadgets.