MediaTek MT8581 Media Processor Supports 4K UHD Blu-rays, 10-bit H.265, VP9, and HDR Imaging

Mediatek has unveiled MT8581 processor for UHD Blu-ray players at CES 2016, with support the latest 10-bit H.265 and VP9, as well as  High Dynamic Range (HDR) for better video quality.


The press release provides limited info, but I found a temporary? page with more details (screenshot), and MT8581 specifications should be as follows:

  • CPU – Quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor
  • GPU – N/A, but could be ARM Mali-820MP2 according to
  • Optical Disks support – Blu-ray, DVD and CD playback, including the latest BD-ROM format, such as BD-Live and BonusView. When combined with MT8577A
  • Video Codecs – HEVC/H.265 10-bit, H.264 and VP9 Profile 2, Ultra HD 60p video decoder (3840×2160), MPEG-1/2/4, VP8 and VC-1 for Full HD 60p. Encode: H.265 and H.264.
  • High Dynamic Range – HDR10 open standard and Dolby Vision IP
  • Audio – AAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS HD
  • Network Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – USB 2.0 and USB 3.0

MT8581/MTK8581 will also support DVD upscaling up to 4K resolution, and 4K downscaling to for Full HD and HD ready screens.

The processor’s mass production is scheduled for H2 2016.

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5 Replies to “MediaTek MT8581 Media Processor Supports 4K UHD Blu-rays, 10-bit H.265, VP9, and HDR Imaging”

  1. Thia will be raspberry pi 4 in 2019. Same as bcm2835 was indroduced as powerfull dvd player chip back then 🙂 lets hope

  2. rather than wait till 2019 for the price to be viable for rpi , i rather prefer allwinner A64(or other similar price and performance) soc for this/next year new 64-bit RPi.

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