Chipmaker MediaTek has announced a number of new AI smart home products at the ongoing CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The smart home products that have been launched include the latest generation of MediaTek’s TV AI picture quality (PQ) technology, the MT8175 AI vision platform for smart displays and smart cameras, and the new MT8518 AI voice platform for portable smart speakers.
The newly launched solutions by MediaTek are a part of the company’s initiative to bring the latest AI innovations to smart homes, wearables, smartphones, autonomous cars and other connected devices.
Speaking about the launch of these new products, Jerry Yu, Senior Corporate Vice President of MediaTek’s Intelligent Devices business unit said, “AI is reshaping how we interact with technology, from taking pictures on our phones to checking the weather on our voice assistants, streaming content on our TVs and navigating in our cars. MediaTek’s high performance and power efficient solutions are ideally suited to meet the processing needs of AI devices. We have been seeing that AI is moving beyond voice to vision, and from the cloud to the edge, so MediaTek is supporting a wide range of AI capabilities on voice assistant devices (VAD), including smart devices with a display and camera. Our latest AI innovations are bringing consumers a better viewing experience with our TV AI PQ technology, faster and more precise image capturing quality with MT8175 for smart displays and smart cameras, and more seamless processing between cloud and edge in VAD with MT8518, enabling our customers to take advantage of the big opportunity to bring voice assistants to the portable speaker market.”
MediaTek’s TV AI PQ technology comes with various AI enhancements including scene detection and face detection within scenes. With this technology, smart TVs will be able to differentiate between frames that have people with frames that have a landscape or indoors scenes. Once this is done, the smart TVs will adjust the sharpness for enhanced picture quality and fine-tune the appearance of the skin tone of people appearing in the frame.
The chipmaker has said that its TV AI PQ technology works by flagging various types of scenes with AI. This information is then processed with the PQ engine and scene-adaptive PQ settings are then applied.
Yu further said, “Voice assistants integrated with displays and cameras will bring users a more interactive experience and even more useful capabilities thanks to MediaTek’s MT8175 AI vision platform. In addition to enhancing the viewing experience, MT8175 equips devices with the latest image signal processing (ISP) and AI process unit (APU) technologies to make image capturing faster, clearer and with lower power consumption. Our customers are very excited about the edge AI and low power capabilities of MT8518. The low power voice wake-up to extend battery life is a big breakthrough in the portable smart speaker market, along with our PowerAQTM, the powerful acoustic tuning tool which has been adopted by many audio brands for superior audio quality.”