16 December 2021
MediaTek has unveiled a new chipset for smart TVs named Pentonic 2000. It is one of the world's fastest smart TV chipsets that one can get. The announcement follows the Dimensity 9000 smartphone processor launch which is the company's most powerful smartphone processor yet.
The Pentonic 2000 is claimed to be the world's first smart TV chipset based on the 7nm manufacturing process. It is said to be powered by "industry’s fastest CPU and GPU combinations". The processor is so powerful that it is capable of supporting content in 8K resolution and that too with a 120Hz refresh rate. It comes with an integrated 8K 120Hz MEMC engine and also supports Versatile Video Coding (VCC) H.266 media.
Since it can be difficult to find enough 8K content to watch, the processor offers 8K AI-Super Resolution technology. It is capable of intelligently upscaling non-8K content to the TV's full resolution. It does the upscaling while applying all image quality enhancements in real-time. The chipset further supports commonly-used Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos standards along with codecs like HEVC, VP9, AVS3, and AV1.
One interesting functionality of Pentonic 2000 is MediaTek Intelligent View. It is an exclusive technology for the chipset to "showcase a 'display wall' of content from different media sources". In other words, it will allow users to watch streams from different apps at the same time. The announcement says content will continue to get displayed seamlessly even when the window size is changed.
The chipset obviously supports the newest connectivity technologies like WiFi 6E and optional 5G connectivity. MediaTek says we can expect Pentonic 2000 Smart TVs to launch in market sometime during 2022.