As part of its CES 2016 announcements, chip company MediaTek has revealed the new MT2523 processor series. These chips been made specifically for the growing smartwatch market.
MediaTek's MT2523 product family is based around a highly integrated system in package (SiP) that contains a micro controller unit (MCU), dual-mode Bluetooth, GPS and a power management unit (PMU). The MCU enables wearable devices with lower power consumption and smaller form factors than Android Wear. The display component supports MIPI-DSI and serial interfaces, resulting in a high-resolution mobile screen. It includes 2D capabilities of true color, per pixel alpha channel and anti-aliasing fonts, plus 1-bit index color to save memory and computing power. MT2523's low power comes from its ARM Cortex-M4 processor, which combines high-efficiency signal processing functionality with low power, low cost and ease-of-use benefits.
MediaTek says the first MT2523 processors will be available for device makers to put in their smartwatches sometime in the first half of 2016.