MediaTek Announces Their New MT2621 IoT Chipset
Depending on where you live, you may or may not be familiar with MediaTek’s smartphone SoCs. They’re not so popular here in the United States since Qualcomm dominates the market, but they are very popular in other parts of the world. They provide high-end, mid-range, and low-end chips but lately the company seems to be focusing less on the premium market. They company is also looking to target more of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, though, and they have recently announced the MT2621 IoT SoC.
The IoT market is growing by leaps and bounds lately and this growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Some studies say there will be over 50 billion internet of things devices in the world by 2020. We’re just a few short years away from that prediction and this provides a huge opportunity for a silicon vendor to step up and provide the hardware for them. MediaTek hopes it can be them as they have just announced their new IoT chipset called the MT2621.
The MediaTek MT2621 chipset is a dual-mode IoT SoC that is capable of both NB-IoT R14 as well as GSM/GPRS connectivity. It only uses one SIM card and paired with its antenna that covers both cellular networks. There’s a wideband front-end module in the chip that supports all ultra-low/low/mid bands defined by the 3GPP Rel-14. The MT2621 is a single chip that be used worldwide, which allows the company to save money rather than design and produce multiple chips for various regions.
As we dig into the chip further, we can see it’s made up of a single ARMv7 CPU that is clocked at a whopping 26MHz. This is combined with 160 KB + 4 MB embedded memory and it supports Linux-based apps while also coming with LCM, camera and audio AMP interfaces. The MediaTek MT2621 also supports Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity as well.