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MediaTek today announced the launch of its Kompanio 1300T, a SoC built on TSMC’s 6nm process technology. Targeting high-end tablets, Chromebooks, and ARM-powered laptops, the chip is an upgraded version of MediaTek’s Kompanio 1200 released last year, which was the company’s flagship chip for Chromebooks.

Compared to its previous version which used TSMC’s 7nm process, the upgraded version is built on TSMC’s 6nm process technology and integrates an octa-core CPU with high performance Arm Cortex-A78 cores and power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores. In addition, Kompanio 1300T offers up to 16GB of quad-channel memory and dual-channel UFS 3.1 that can provide immense data throughput.

The major upgrade took place in the chipset’s GPU: compared to Kompanio 1200’s Mali-G77 MC5, the Kompanio 1300T features a nine-core Mali-G77 MC9 GPU. Also in the Kompanio 1300T is the MediaTek APU 3.0: a powerful, multi-core AI processing unit with an advanced multi-tasking scheduler that can efficiently organize AI-tasks to maximize performance and power-efficiency.

“There is a growing demand right now for personal computing devices designed for both remote work and multimedia entertainment,” said PC Tseng, General Manager of Intelligent Multimedia Business Unit at MediaTek. “That’s why MediaTek is focused on integrating the latest advancements in computing, communication, multimedia, AI, gaming and wireless connectivity into the Kompanio series.”

It is forecasted that at least 40 million Chromebooks will be shipped globally in 2021, a 35 percent increase compared to last year. According to IDC 2020 figures, Chromebooks already took 15% of the global laptop market in 2020, and 7% of Chromebook processors were supplied by MediaTek – a sharp contrast to Qualcomm’s market share below 1%. Since the market for Chromebook processors is largely divided between x86 and ARM architectures, MediaTek has also become the leading representative of the ARM camp in the Chromebook sector. With growth in the mobile market slowing, the company has been eyeing the market for desktop processors. 

Tablets powered by the MediaTek Kompanio 1300T are expected to be announced in Q3 this year.