MediaTek has recently introduced a new line of chipsets for a variety of industry applications. One of these is the new MediaTek Pentonic 1000 chipset, which supports Ultra High Definition resolutions and high refresh rates for TVs.

For those who are unaware, the chipmaking behemoth is one of the largest producers of TV processors, and every smart TV contains a powerful chip that allows it to offer more functionality than a standard TV model. The company has now released the new Pentonic 1000 chip, which is the current flagship TV SoC with high-end features.

MediaTek Pentonic 1000 offers 4K resolution at a refresh rate of 120Hz. It will also include WiFi 6/6E, MEMC technology for smoother video, Dolby Vision IQ with Precesision Detail, and an 8-screen Intelligent View that allows users to watch or preview numerous streams at once.


According to official information, the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 SoC will include a “multicore CPU,” as well as a dual core GPU, an APU, and video decoding engines. TVs equipped with this chipset will also be able to offer VRR up to 4K 144Hz for gaming. However, it will often default to 4K 120Hz.

The new chipset also includes an Auto Low Latency Mode, or ALLM, which should improve the gaming experience. Notably, playback choices in the new chipset include AV1, HEVC, VP9, and even VVC or H.266.

According to Alex Chen, GM of MediaTek TV Business Unit,  We created the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 particularly to support today’s smart TV trends, such as 4K streaming, cloud gaming, video conferences, and watch parties.

 With 4K HDR content compatibility, 120Hz frame rates, MEMC, AI advancements, Wi-Fi 6/6E connectivity, and cutting-edge codecs like VVC, the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 will provide the ultimate 4K viewing experience.

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The company’s Intelligent View technology is particularly intriguing because it allows you to browse TV stations, preview a stream or another channel, and even be on the phone with someone at the same time in MediaTek Pentonic 1000. It’s a bit of a power user use case for a TV, but it’s more than most people would ever need, and that’s the goal.

So, what distinguishes this new chip MediaTek Pentonic 1000? Gamers should take note because it opens up the prospect of having four fully featured HDMI 2.1 ports – MediaTek’s current top chip, which powers flagship models from the TV makers mentioned above, has only two HDMI 2.1 sockets with two HDMI 2.0 connections.

You would assume that two HDMI ports are sufficient, but when one of them is also the eARC port for connecting a soundbar or AV receiver, you’re left with only one for an Xbox Series X, PS5, or gaming PC.

Each of the new chip’s four HDMI 2.1 connections will handle 4K 120Hz or 144Hz depending on the panel, so you’ll have more than enough ports for your games machines and whatever other HDMI 2.1 devices may emerge in the future, just as you do if you buy a top LG or Samsung TV.

VRR and ALLM support will be there in MediaTek Pentonic 1000, although MediaTek is yet to confirm this. We expect support for gaming in Dolby Vision at 4K 120Hz. Currently, such feature is only available on LG’s flagship televisions.

In other Dolby Vision news, the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 combines Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail for improved contrast management and dark detail. All of which are automatically optimized based on ambient lighting conditions. Another feature exclusive to LG’s premium TVs.

About MediaTek

Overall, the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 appears to be a solid TV chipset. While exact availability information was not provided, the business stated that TVs featuring the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 will be available in the market by the first quarter of 2023.

MediaTek Inc. is a Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company that manufactures chips for wireless communications, high-definition television, handheld mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, navigation systems, consumer multimedia products, and digital subscriber line services, as well as optical disc drives.

The business, headquartered in Hsinchu, has 25 branches globally and was the world’s third largest fabless chip designer in 2016. Mediatek started in 1997. In addition, the organization supplies reference designs to its customers. In Q3 2020, MediaTek overtook Qualcomm as the leading smartphone chip provider, with a 31% market share. MediaTek’s outstanding performance in China and India helped it become the largest smartphone chipset vendor.

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