MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

It looks overpowered on paper



Dimensity 9000

MediaTek just dropped a bombshell in the form of a brand spanking new chipset called the Dimensity 9000 at the MediaTek Summit 2021.

Why should you care? This chip will likely power a new generation of smartphones. It’s a TSMC N4 (4nm-class) production — the most advanced and power efficient chip-making process ever. This means performance unlike any we’ve seen before:

  • Ultra-Core- 1x Arm Cortex-X2 up to 3.05GHz
  • Super-Cores – 3x Arm Cortex-A710 up to 2.85GHz
  • Efficiency Cores – 4x Arm Cortex-A510
  • LPDDR5x 7500Mbps support in smartphones
  • Up to 4X power efficiency upgrade vs last generation
  • Leading performance in AI (ETHZ benchmark)

The last two indicate a significant improvement in in AI- multimedia, -gaming, -camera, and social video experiences.

Speaking of gaming, the Dimensity 9000 is built with the latest Arm Mali-G710 graphics processor. They’re also introduing a new raytracing SDK that will enable developers to bring exciting new graphics techniques and visual enhancements to their Android titles.

  • World’s 1st Arm Mali-G710 MC10 graphics processor
  • Industry’s 1straytracing SDK using Vulkan for Android
  • 180Hz FullHD+ display support

Improved imaging

It also affects the aspect of smartphones that many care about which is mobile imaging. Its 18-bit HDR-ISP design gives users the first opportunity to capture 4K HDR video on three cameras simultaneously, while also assuring exceptional power efficiency.

  • Most Powerful 9Gpixel/s ISP
  • World’s 1st simultaneous triple camera 18-bit HDR video recording (three cameras recording
    with three exposures per frame)
  • World’s 1st 320MP camera support for smartphones

Leading mobile connectivity

Naturally, the chip is all set for the next generation of mobile connectivity which is 5G. It integrates the only 5G smartphone modem with 3GPP Release-16 standard technology into the chip, amplifying sub-6GHz performance to go faster and further than ever before.

  • World’s 1st 3CC Carrier Aggregation (300MHz) 7Gbps downlink — incredible peak performance
    exclusively from sub-6GHz
  • World’s 1stUL Tx Switching — the only 5G smartphone modem to support R16 UL Tx Switching
    for both SUL and NR UL-CA based connections
  • Leading MediaTek 5G Power Saving Technology — new generation power saving enhancement

Other connectivity features also get a boost.

  • World’s 1st Bluetooth 5.3 support in smartphones
  • Wi-Fi 6E 2×2 (BW160): up to 2X better performance efficiency than previous generation and
    support for the latest 6GHz connectivity
  • Bluetooth LE Audio-ready technology with Dual-Link True Wireless Stereo Audio
  • New Beidou III-B1C GNSS support


Globe has first-ever Eco-SIM in Asia

More sustainability




Globe debuted the first-ever Eco-SIM cards in Asia for postpaid mobile customers made from recycled refrigerator waste.

The initiative is part of Globe’s contribution to environmental sustainability in time for January’s Zero Waste Month celebration.

The Eco-SIM card was first developed in 2020, in partnership with the Veolia company; it has a neutral carbon footprint.

100 percent recycled waste

The telecom provider partnered with Thales to employ the said Eco-SIM cards starting from November last year, made from 100 percent recycled materials.

The SIM cards are made from recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerator interiors.

Thales has a comprehensive carbon offset program that also ensures there is no further carbon footprint during the manufacturing process of the Eco-SIM cards.

SIM cards, while the smallest consumer items, equate to about 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers as about 4.5 billion cards are manufactured every year.

A global leader in advanced technologies, Thales has presence in the Philippines since 2010.

The company has been a strategic partner for consumers in the civil aviation, defense, digital security, air traffic management, and ground transportation sectors.

From eSIMs to Eco-SIMs

In 2018, Globe was also the first in the country to introduce electronic SIMs or eSIM, as another alternative to the physical SIM cards.

They are basically digital SIMS embedded in compatible mobile phone models, allowing users to manage multiple mobile numbers on just one device.

The eSIM also allows gadgets like smartphones and smartwatches to be connected under one mobile number.

More sustainability

Back in 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in its operations.

While in January 2021, Globe also formally expressed its support to the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), supporting the TCFD framework along with more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 12, which highlights the roles of responsible consumption and production patterns.

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MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

Here’s what to expect



We’ve come a long way from dial-up. Now, the name of the game is Wi-Fi 6. Amid the rise of 5G connectivity, the home internet sector is adopting the current standard for their devices. But, of course, the advance of technology is not stopping. As Wi-Fi 6 tries to take over the entire market, the industry is already working on Wi-Fi 7. With development well underway, what can you expect from the upcoming standard?

Naturally, better speeds. Recently, MediaTek showcased the world’s first live demo of the new technology. In an impressive show, the standard will reportedly achieve speeds 2.4 times faster than what Wi-Fi 6 can do. The technology can maximize uses for the current spectrums available for Wi-Fi at up to 6GHz. The technology can also reduce latency and interference using MLO and MRU features.

According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will support the ever-growing need for faster internet speeds brought on by emerging uses for online users. These needs include AR/VR applications, cloud gaming, 4K video calling, and 8K streaming. With technology advancing the way it is, high-speed internet — even faster than what’s available today — is turning into a necessity to cope with multi-user households.

MediaTek predicts that products that can support Wi-Fi 7 will start coming out in 2023.

SEE ALSO: Mediatek, AMD collaborate on new Wi-Fi 6E Modules

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Google is working on an AR headset called Project Iris

With its own processor and OS



Understandably so, a good portion of the world is strongly resistant to Meta’s push for a metaverse based on virtual and augmented reality. However, though people are still hesitant to try on Facebook’s VR-tinted goggles, other companies are more than happy to take on the technology themselves. Google, joining Meta and Apple, is also working on its own AR headset called Project Iris.

According to sources from The Verge, Google is getting back into the augmented reality stage. The company is reportedly working on an AR headset with the current codename. The Project Iris headset is supposedly targeting a 2024 release date.

Inside the mysterious headset, the device will supposedly have its own processor and OS. Given Google’s feats recently, an in-house processor and operating system are within the realms of possibility. Google recently launched its first in-house chipset for smartphones, the Tensor chip. The company is, of course, still the thriving developers of Android, currently tailoring its latest Android version for different form factors.

Plus, it’s not Google’s first time with an augmented reality project. Remember the ill-fated Google Glass? The revolutionary wearable had all the potential but ultimately fizzled out into oblivion. At the time, analysts cited the device’s poor timing. Now, especially with other companies vying for dominance, Google does have more initiative to reestablish itself in the augmented reality market.

SEE ALSO: Facebook changes name to Meta

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