MediaTek announces P90 SoC with extensive AI capabilities, says will support 48 MP Cameras

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2018 21:03 hrs
MediTek P90

Smartphone chipset maker MediaTek on Thursday announced the launch of the Helio P90 system-on-chip (SoC).

The company in a note said that this chipset features APU 2.0, the new generation AI architecture for a great AI processing boost besides a host of other power-packed features.

The chipset will be seen on devices, that are expected to arrive during the first quarter of 2019.

The company in the note said, the octa-core Helio P90 is designed with two Arm A75 processors operating at up to 2.2GHz and six A55 processors operating at up to 2.0GHz. It packs an Imagination Technologies PowerVR GM 9446 GPU. MediaTek’s newest CorePilot technology also ensures processing is done in the most efficient way across its cores. "That means Helio P90 gives users the highest sustainable performance with low power operation for the perfect combination of battery life and power on demand," added the note.

The AI engine promises to supports faster, complex and more dynamic experiences such as human pose detection that can track and analyze body movements. MediaTek also says that the chipset supports Google Lens, deep-learning facial detection, real-time beautification, object and scene identification, artificial reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) acceleration, plus other real-time enhancements for photos and videos. Developers and device makers can create innovative AI applications with the Helio P90 using common frameworks such as TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe and Caffe2, based on MediaTek’s NeuroPilot SDK which is fully compliant to Google Android Neural Networks API (Android NNAPI).

The best feature on the chipset is it's ability to support cameras upto 48 Megapixels or 24+16 MP dual cameras. "Users can capture at 48MP with up to 30 frames per second (FPS) with zero shutter delay, or enjoy super slow-motion at 480FPS in HD to capture every moment," added the note.

In terms of video and photo-processing, MediaTek said the resolution revolution with upgraded triple image signal processors (ISPs) is capable of 14-bit RAW and 10-bit YUV processing so photography enthusiasts have even more flexibility to capture and process stunning photos.

The new ISP AI engine, specially designed to provide AI camera experiences, can accurately detect faces and scenes in real-time under low light and motion conditions, making a great shot easier than ever for any user.

The Helio P90 supports dual SIM dual VoLTE 4G LTE WorldMode with a fast Cat-12 (DL) / Cat-13 (UL) 4G LTE modem. 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM provided better data throughput in highly populated areas. It also supports 2x2 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0

"With an impressive industry leading 1127 GMACs (2.25TOPs) performance, the Helio P90 boasts flagship device level AI power," said the note.

"The Helio P90 gives device makers the ability to offer outstanding camera features, battery life, performance and top of the line AI capabilities, while making devices accessible to mass-market consumers,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit.

“The Helio P90 is an AI processing powerhouse with ultra-fast performance and a host of AI-powered imaging improvements. This chip will reset consumer expectations of what a smartphone can do, and usher in a new era of super high-resolution smartphone photography to the market," adds Lee.

Here is an image of a brochure the company shared alongside the note: