MediaTek has launched UltraCast technology which it claims is the first chipset-enabled streaming technology that enables users to watch 4K video content and stream it wirelessly to a 4K-ready television or set-top box.
UltraCast will be available on MediaTek Helio series smartphone chipsets and MediaTek 4K Ultra HDTV chipsets. It uses MediaTek’s video algorithm that maintains picture quality and at the same time reduces latency between devices. UltraCast extends standard Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast technology by adding the ability to stream 4K content. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast is a standard for transmitting content through wireless connections from mobile or laptop devices to large display devices, such as TVs, monitors or projectors. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast replaces the traditional cable connection between device and display by using Wi-Fi as the transmission vehicle.
SR Tsai, Senior General Manager of the Home Entertainment Business Group at MediaTek said,
While 4K content is gaining traction in the device market, 4K screen costs remain a deterrent to entering the mainstream. By making it possible for users to enjoy 4K content over MediaTek UltraCast technology and leveraging the existing 4K recording capabilities on smartphone platforms and 4K Ultra HDTV, MediaTek can offer a better, more affordable experience and a smart, cost-effective alternative for device makers.
UltraCast is now available for MediaTek partners and customers.