MediaTek, one of the leading suppliers of smart TV chips, officially released the S900 chip around July last year. In late November 2019, it hinted that the chip had begun mass production at TSMC. According to China’s IThomes, MediaTek has hinted that the chip will be mounted on an 8K smart TV and already available to OEMs. MediaTek’s S900 8K TV chip has appeared in its first 8K TV, the Skyworth Q91 8K TV announced at CES 2020 in January.
We will also see more OEMs using the chip, but given the high price of the 8K TV and the fact that the TV does not offer 8K content, it shouldn’t sell too well.
Notably, mediaTek S900 is manufactured using a 12 nm FinFET process, uses a multi-core CPU of the ARM Cortex-A73 core, supports 8K video decoding, and has a Mali-G52 GPU with HDR10 plus and external graphics. On the I/O side, the chipset supports HDMI 2.1A, which provides up to 48Gps bandwidth – enough to provide HDR10 plus content and 4K video at 120Hz or 8K video at 60Hz.
MediaTek S900 also supports AI PQ (an acronym for Artificial Intelligence Image Quality). Combined with MediaTek’s proprietary MiraVision-Pro and AI PQ, the S900 supports AI scene recognition, enabling S900-enabled TVs to improve image quality by optimizing color saturation, brightness, clarity, dynamic motion compensation and image noise, enabling native 8K effects.
MediaTek has provided the NeuroPilot Software Development Kit (SDK) for the chip, which developers can build applications for. Televisions equipped with the chip can control the hub of a smart home or IoT device with voice and gestures when equipped with other necessary components.