MediaTek Pentonic 2000 overview: all-in-one chip for the next-gen 8K 120Hz TVs

Over the last few years, MediaTek has established absolute dominance in the smart TV space. MediaTek’s silicons power TVs from some of the leading manufacturers around the world. MediaTek solutions are at the hearts of more than 2 billion TVs globally right now. On the back of such market authority, the company recently launched the MediaTek Pentonic 2000 chipset, which comes with a wave of cutting-edge technologies that will power the next-gen TVs. It happens to be the world’s first 7nm SoC for smart TVs and has been designed for flagship 8KTVs with up to 120Hz refresh rates. Let us give you an overview of how the chipset will achieve this.

Crystal clear and ultra-smooth visuals with 8K 120Hz support

This industry-leading chip supports 120Hz refresh rates with the help of an integrated 8K 120Hz MEMC engine. It allows the chip to provide the most advanced motion compensation for 8K visuals. TVs with this chip inside them will deliver the next level of visual immersion. Whether you are watching movies or playing games, the chip will keep up with the visual demands, delivering an exquisite experience.

What’s more, the MediaTek Pentonic 2000 even ships with a multi-core AI engine. This multi-core AI engine handles the upscaling of lower resolution content for the 8K screens, ensuring that even non 8K content look astonishing. The AI-Super Resolution 8K technology is at work here to intelligently enhance and enlarge the pictures to make them ideal for 8K displays.

The MediaTek Pentonic 2000 even offers 2nd Generation AI-Picture Quality Scene Recognition and 3rd Generation AI-Picture Quality Object Recognition. These technologies smartly tailor the picture quality to best suit the kind of visuals playing at any given moment.

In terms of HDR, MediaTek has equipped this chip with Dolby Vision, which is arguably the best HDR standard out there, offering ultra-vivid colours, sharper contrasts, and richer details while streaming compatible content. Streaming Netflix TV shows and movies on Dolby Vision TVs is a truly immersive experience. And then there’s Dolby Atmos support as well, giving one more avenue for TV makers to please your senses.


MediaTek Intelligent View technology

The MediaTek Pentonic 2000 comes with the TV industry’s fastest CPU and GPU and support for UFS 3.1 storage. Its resources are put to full use by the MediaTek Intelligent View technology. MediaTek Intelligent View allows OEMs to put the massive 8K resolution display to great use by dividing it into multiple screens at once.

They can create a ‘display wall’ of content from different media sources, and the powerful processor can allow multiple apps to stream simultaneously. In such cases, the MediaTek Intelligent View technology will make sure that the content in every window continues to display seamlessly even when the window size or display layout changes.

This will come in handy in several situations, including when you are streaming multiple angles of a favourite sporting event, having a meeting with multiple attendees, or watching content online together with other people in PiP mode. What separates MediaTek Intelligent View from other typical digital TV SoC’s is that it not only offers picture quality adjustment for the primary content view, rather it enables dynamic picture quality adjustment for every window.

High-speed connectivity with Wi-Fi 6E or even 5G cellular

The MediaTek Pentonic 2000 has gone big in the connectivity department as well. This chip supports up to Wi-Fi 6E wireless connections. The new standard provides access to up to the 6GHz spectrum, resulting in much faster wireless speeds and lower latencies. As more and more devices get certified for the new standard, it makes sense to be future-ready with Wi-Fi 6E supported TVs.

As if that wasn’t enough, the MediaTek Pentonic 2000 chipset also comes with an integrated 5G modem. While you wouldn’t expect a TV to offer 5G support, manufacturers still have the option to deliver it if they please. Lastly, it also comes with an HDMI 2.1 connectivity standard, allowing you to pass through 8K footage via an HDMI connection without any issues.

Voice assistant support

MediaTek is already the world’s largest supplier of chips for voice assistant devices, so the company knows how to provide the voice assistant experience. The MediaTek Pentonic 2000 comes with support for four directional microphones. This enables TV makers to offer both AI-Voice technologies and voice assistant services. Thanks to four microphone support, users won’t have to shout their commands as the TV will have a better range. Experiences in which the TV screens become the central interactive displays for the entire smart home setup are also accessible through this SoC.

Support for global TV broadcast standards

The MediaTek Pentonic 2000 is the world’s first commercial 8K TV chip with Versatile Video Coding (VVC) H.266 media support. This new standard allows content providers to improve their compression efficiency and usher in next-gen streaming and broadcast media. There’s support for the usual HEVC, VP9, AVS3 standards as well, aside from the latest AV1 support for streaming. The chip offers a comprehensive global demod platform, allowing TV makers to design one device applicable for all markets.

With its incredible 8K 120Hz capabilities, the MediaTek Pentonic 2000 is ready to power the next generation of smart TVs. It also means that MediaTek is primed to replicate its immense success from the 4K and FHD space in the next-gen 8K space. We can’t wait to see the first TVs powered by this new platform.