MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-Core 12nm processor

At MWC 2018, MediaTek has unveiled, the Helio P60 system-on-chip (SoC), the company’s latest processor for mid-range smartphones.

The Helio P60, MediaTek’s new mid-range SoC offers significantly improved performance compared to the previous generation, along with some AI chops and MediaTek’s NeuroPilot AI technology.

Its Arm Cortex A73 and A53 processor mix delivers up to a 70 percent CPU performance boost over the Helio P23 and Helio P30, in addition to a 70 percent GPU performance enhancement. Built using new 12nm FinFET technology, MediaTek Helio P60 delivers incredible energy efficiency to extend device battery life.

“Building on our legacy of innovative technology, the new MediaTek Helio P60 changes everything about what consumers can expect in a smartphone,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit.

“Packing big core power and performance with a processing unit purpose-built for AI applications, the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset brings consumers flagship features like deep-learning facial detection, object and scene identification, fluid gaming experiences, and smarter camera functions. This new chipset gives everyone access to incredible devices without the premium price tag.”

The NeuroPilot AI technology works seamlessly across CPU, GPU and Mobile APU within the SoC to maximize performance and energy efficiency.

The MediaTek’s NeuroPilot SDK in P60 is compatible with Google Android Neural Networks API (Android NNAPI), and also supports common AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, and Caffe2. The company is working on bringing ONNX support to the chipset in Q2 2018 to provide developers with even more flexibility for designing AI-powered applications.

It has three image signal processors (ISPs) that increase power efficiency by using 18% less power for dual-cameras set-ups. This will offer AI-infused experiences in apps with real-time beautification, novel, real-time overlays, AR/MR acceleration, enhancements to photography, real-time video previews and more.

It packs a 4G LTE WorldMode modem, dual 4G VoLTE and TAS 2.0 smart antenna technology. With its finely tuned balance of power and performance, the MediaTek Helio P60 will enable device makers to bring to market smarter, more capable and more reliable mid-range smartphones.

MediaTek states that smartphones powered by the Helio P60 will arrive in global markets in early Q2 2018.

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