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MediaTek’s New Chips Have Built-in Compression

September 17, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

Compression of data is a concept that has been around for quite a while now – we compress files, especially large ones, such as picture, video and music.  This way files can download and upload faster, and faster download and upload speeds usually means saving money in data costs and saving time.  Our old friends over at Opera Software are now pushing their new browser, Opera Max, with “market leading” video and data compression technology to manufacturers and users alike.  They claim that Opera Max users get up to 50-percent more data across most apps and browsers, while using the same amount of time as their previous design.  Their goal is to have it included on devices as an option for the customer to use – more exposure and more name recognition.

You may be wondering when MediaTek is going to make its appearance in this article…that would be now.  The Norwegian company(Opera)has just gotten another partner – MediaTek – that announced it would be embedding its app in two of MediaTek’s new LTE-enabled 64-bit chipsets, on both the Octa-Core MT6752 and the Quad-Core MT6732.  This means that when a manufacturer decides on utilizing one of these two chips as their processor, they will be able to integrate Opera Max into those devices without having to go through the process of testing the app to make sure that it works.  The benefit to the end-user means that they will be able to load web pages, music and those annoyingly large video clips faster, and not just when downloading from a website, but anywhere they are located on your smartphone.  If you have already downloaded a video onto your device, then want to view it again, you will still get the benefit of faster loading due to the compression.

MediaTek is hoping that this option may help manufacturers choose to use the new MediaTek chips in their mid-range devices.  Unlike the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chip that runs in a 4+4 configuration – four slower chips to do mundane work and four faster chips for the heavy duty crunching – the MT6752 is a 64-bit Octa-Core processor with all eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz available at all times.  The MT6732 is a Quad-Core chip with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you are an Opera browser fan…as always, we would love to hear from you.  While you are at it, take a look at the video put out by Opera that explains how all of this works.