MediaTek Announced Kompanio 520 and 528 Chipsets For Entry-level Chromebooks

On Thursday, Nov. 10,  on the MediaTek Govt Summit, Adam King, Vice President and Normal Supervisor, Consumer Computing Enterprise Unit, Mediatek, introduced the Kompanio 520 and Kompanio 528 chipsets for entry-level Chromebooks. The brand new chips are the successors of the Kompanio 500, with upgraded CPU, GPU, video codec, higher energy effectivity, and with help for greater decision show.

For each merchandise, the heterogeneous 8-core CPU unit combines 2 efficiency cores Arm Cortex-A76 and 6 environment friendly core Arm Cortex-A55, a big improve from the Kompanion 500 that options 4 Cortex-A73 and 4 Cortex-A53. The CPU depends on LPDDR4x RAM clocked at 3733MHz.

Adam King, Vice President and Normal Supervisor, Consumer Computing Enterprise Unit, offered the single-core efficiency enchancment of the brand new Kompanio chips.

The one distinction between the 520 and the 528 is the efficiency cores’ frequency, which is clocked at 2GHz for the 520 and a couple of.2GHz for the 528.

In the course of the presentation, Adam King stated that the single-core efficiency received an 80% enhance whereas the multi-core efficiency is 15% higher, in comparison with the earlier era.


Mediatek says it has a sizeable benefit in opposition to the Intel Celeron N4500, a frequent non-heterogeneous dual-core Chromebook processor, particularly in terms of performance-per-watt. Consuming much less energy to carry out a given activity may be seen as emitting much less carbon (electrical energy manufacturing emits carbon), and greater energy effectivity ought to translate into higher ESG metrics (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in our opinion.

The sustainability advantages of the MediaTek Kompanio merchandise are important too, particularly in heavy workloads the place MediaTek’s low energy processors generate 40% – 60% much less energy-based greenhouse fuel emissions in comparison with competitor platforms,” stated Victor Tyan, Senior Director, Consumer Computing GTM.

Energy effectivity and efficiency comparability with Intel’s Celeron N4500

On the GPU facet, the Arm Mali-G72 MP3 is changed by the Arm Mali G52 MC2 2EE in each new chips.  “Each GPUs [Arm Mali-G72 MP3 & Arm Mali G52 MC2] are very shut by way of efficiency and for most individuals, the efficiency distinction gained’t be noticeable in real-world eventualities. However in case you nonetheless need the higher GPU, then Mali-G52 MC2 is the way in which to go”, in line with Tech Centurion (Centurion Mark). We’ll have to check to have extra correct outcomes.

MediaTek claims a 20% GPU speedup

The brand new dual-core AI processing unit (APU) delivers AI options corresponding to AI-driven real-time low-light video noise discount and helps with picture segmentation and tagging used for digital inexperienced display screen and picture high quality enhancement (i.e. coloration and distinction tuning optimized for various components of the picture).

The ISP has been improved with as much as 32 MP help for the digital camera. This characteristic is leveraged from the smartphone SoCs. OEMs may not use the best decision within the close to future, however they will scale it down simply to five MP for instance, which is a big enchancment over present laptop computer webcams (largely with 0.7MP webcams).

The upgraded multimedia engine consists of {hardware} VP9 decoding and H.265 encoding, which is an improve from the H.264 encoding and H.264, H.265 / HEVC decoding of the final era (software program VP9). The system helps 60fps Full HD video recording now, an improve from the FHD 30 fps help within the Kompanio 500. MediaTek claims a 2X efficiency enhance for the multimedia unit.

The Kompanio 520 and 528 every help a Full HD+ show and a Full HD exterior show, which doubles the decision help in comparison with the earlier era chipsets.

ChromeOS is thought for its good safety observe file and Victor Tyan reminded us that MediaTek works carefully with Google to combine the most recent safety features corresponding to Verified Boot, Constructed-in Virus Safety, and Multi-Person Assist with their newest Kompanio 520 and 528 processors.


The Kompanio 520 and 528 processors look very promising by way of efficiency and excessive energy effectivity for the uber-affordable Chromebook phase.

MediaTek insisted on the all-day battery life, a characteristic that helps to alleviate battery life anxiousness and permits college students to raised give attention to their work. To show the purpose, the chip maker confirmed a photograph of its sales space at an schooling tradeshow, the place a variety of Kompanio-powered Chromebooks was exhibited with out a single energy cable mendacity round.

Colleges would possibly like that characteristic so much since it’s actually safer for teenagers to flow into freely in a classroom freed from wires and it might be simpler for the IT personnel to handle all of the computer systems.

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