The Mediatek Pentonic 2000 TV chip is now official! It is a TV chipset that can game.

Gaming TVs are soon going to be the future!

A few days ago, Mediatek has announced the Pentonic 2000 chipset. An 8K TV chipset that has the performance of a smartphone chip. Yesterday, the company has finally unveiled it, in cooperation with TSMC.

To recall, the Mediatek Pentonic 2000 is a TV chipset built on TSMC’s 7nm process and includes some of Mediatek’s most powerful AI engines, Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC), Versatile Video Coding (VVC), and Picture-in-Picture (PiP) technology.

It is the first chip to feature native 8K support that gives a higher-res, sharper, and clearer viewing experience that is essential to streaming services. In addition, the chip has support for H.266 which gives better quality compression in contrast to H.265 and H.264. The chipset can also support displays up to 8K@120Hz refresh rate.

The chip supports both Wi-Fi 6E and 5G connectivity in case you needed to connect your phone to your TV. In addition, the Pentonic 2000 also supports an ultrawide memory and UFS 3.1 storage. It can also intelligently upscale lower resolution picture into higher resolution ones without losing much of the quality.

In comparison to TV chips released with a 16nm process, this newer N7 process provides 30% better performance as well as 55% power efficiency. This new process also allows for better AI upscaling when needed, such as upscaling to 4K or 8K resolutions. TSMC is also the first company to bring the 7nm process into mass production and possess the longest track record for yield and quality improvement. This 7nm process also resulted in the company receiving the 2021 IEEE Corporate Innovation Award.

“The Pentonic 2000 puts MediaTek at the forefront of smart TV design with its ability to offer consumers rich, crisp images, bright displays and sharp audio, as well as a smart and intuitive user experience,” said Dr. Mike Chang, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Smart Home Business Group at MediaTek. “We are pleased to mark this latest milestone in our long history of collaboration with TSMC and look forward to more technology breakthroughs to come.”

“By adopting TSMC’s N7 process, MediaTek is bringing technology capable of supercomputing applications into the living room to give consumers the next generation of media experiences,” said Dr. Kevin Zhang, Senior Vice President of Business Development at TSMC. “We are proud to work hand in hand with MediaTek once again to deliver the leadership product in the digital TV space.

You can read more about the Pentonic 2000 TV chip in our article.