MediaTek has announced its new i700 AI platform for consumer IoT products. It can be applied in a wide range of scenarios, including smart city, smart building and smart manufacturing and it is aimed to accelerate the development of AI-enabled consumer IoT products.
MediaTek i700 platform comprises of CPU, GPU, ISP, and a dedicated AI processing unit. It is powered by an octa-core CPU with two cores built on the ARM Cortex-A75 architecture, clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores built on the ARM Cortex-A55 architecture, clocked at 2.0GHz. It is coupled with an IMG PowerVR GM 9446 GPU and IMG 9XM-HP8 ISP that is clocked at 970MHz.
Regarding support for camera, the i700 platform supports camera configurations of up to a single 32MP camera or a 24MP+16MP dual-camera setup. The upgraded tri-core ISP supports 14-bit RAW and 10-bit YUV processing along with improved facial recognition with the AI Face Detection engine. On the connectivity front, it supports 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth LE 5.0, Cat.12 modem with4x4 MIMO and tri-band carrier aggregation.
The new AI engine that is embedded in the i700 platform comprises of a dedicated dual-core AI processor, AI Accelerator, AI Face Detection Engine, and the company says that all these combined together enable the platform to perform AI computations five times faster the predecessor i500. It will be useful for automated stores, facial recognition payments, facial biometrics access control, employee time clocks and more.
The i700 AI platform is expected to be globally available starting in 2020.
Commenting on this, Jerry Yu, Senior Corporate Vice President of MediaTek’s Intelligent Devices business unit, said
With the arrival of 5G networks, smart devices are driving the demand for better edge AI and IoT performance. As the most direct way for us to interact with devices, image recognition technology has already been widely adopted in various industries. The latest MediaTek i700 platform is an integrated solution combining MediaTek’s wide breath of expertise such as in multimedia, wireless communications, and AI. Not only does it provide our customers with a sophisticated platform to develop on, but also it underpins our efforts to support the AI IoT ecosystem for a truly hyperconnected future.