Thanks to a new initiative announced by MediaTek, OEMs will have easier access to customizing core features of the company’s flagship chipset, the Dimensity 1200 5G. The Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture project essentially gives OEMs access to all of MediaTek’s flagship chipset’s resources, allowing them to customize them to their specific needs. A smartphone manufacturer, for example, can now gain low-level hardware access to the Dimensity 1200’s ISP and tweak it with their own custom algorithms and resources to achieve highly optimized and personalized camera performance in their devices.
“MediaTek is collaborating with the world’s largest smartphone brands to unlock customized consumer experiences that differentiate flagship 5G smartphones,” said Yenchi Lee, deputy general manager of MediaTek Wireless Communications, in a press release explaining the rationale behind the Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture. With our architecture, device makers can tailor their devices to fit a variety of consumer lifestyles, whether it’s novel multimedia features, unrivaled performance, brilliant imaging, or improved smartphone-service synergy.”
When you cut through the jargon, the Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture appears to be a smart move. OEMs typically receive processors from chipmakers as-is and build their algorithms, optimizations, and services on top of the pre-installed tech stack provided by companies like MediaTek and Qualcomm. MediaTek is essentially opening up more workings of its chipset to OEMs with the Open Resource Architecture move. This effectively allows smaller device makers who lack the resources to develop their own custom processors to fine-tune sourced chips.
For example, an OEM can now use its own camera algorithms instead of MediaTek’s optimizations thanks to the Open Resource Architecture. The same will be true for other resources, such as display calibration, AI processing in the background, connectivity features, and so on.
All of this sounds great on paper, but we’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out in practice. In July 2021, MediaTek claims that phones with their Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture will be available.