Connected audio SoC, MT8507, enables an intuitive user interface, enhanced discovery of Google Cast Receivers, and supports multiple audio streaming services

HSINCHU, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek is collaborating with Google on its new Google Cast for audio offering for music lovers globally to address consumer desire to connect with music quickly and easily. MediaTek’s audio System on Chip (SoC), MT8507, will power a seamless home audio experience that allows consumers to easily connect with Google Cast Ready speakers and sound bars from their personal devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, Macbooks, and Windows PCs using Google Cast Ready apps.

Multiple popular audio streaming services are supported, including Google Play Music, YouTube, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Rdio and NPROne, and the list is growing rapidly.

Google Cast for audio is being demonstrated by MediaTek and Google at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

"In this Internet age, consumers are demanding a connected audio experience. The ability to connect devices and listen to music in a seamless manner is a basic need now," said Mohit Bhushan, Vice President, General Manager and MediaTek’s Head of U.S. Business Development. "MediaTek is a proud supporter of Google Cast for audio, and we continue to enable innovative new product categories while keeping our Everyday Genius brand promise."

The MT8507 is the industry’s first connected audio SoC to support Google Cast for audio. Its differentiating features include a simple user interface, making it easy for users with any Google Cast receiver to connect with and to initiate audio streaming from their smart devices.

"Based on the success of Chromecast, we’re excited to expand the Google Cast ecosystem by working with a leading semiconductor company such as MediaTek to power audio devices," said Suveer Kothari, Google Cast Director of Business Development.

MT8507 has already entered into silicon mass production. Global consumer brands are working with Google and MediaTek to bring the new Google Cast Ready speakers and sound bars to market by March 2015.

Key features of MT8507:

  • ARM® Cortex®-A7 CPU core with L2 cache and Floating Point Unit (FPU)
  • High-resolution audio format support for up to 192kHz for PCM, FLAC, DSD and APE
  • Dolby® TrueHD and DTS Digital Surround™ decode capability
  • 16-bit single-channel DDR3 up to 512MB
  • Embedded SPDIF IN/OUT & 7.1ch I2S Output
  • HDMI Repeater (Tx/Rx) built-in with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support
  • USB 2.0, SD card, MHL support
  • 10/100 Ethernet-MAC/PHY built-in with WoLAN capability

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge Systems on Chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first True Octa-core™ smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot™ technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs™, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius®. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit www.mediatek.com for more information.

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