Prices of entry-level 4G smartphone solutions have dropped to US$8-9 per unit recently and could slip to US$6-7 in the first half of 2015 as chipset solution vendors are applying aggressive pricing in order to land design-wins for smartphones to be released in early 2015, according to industry sources. MediaTek, Marvell Technology and Broadcom have cut prices of their 4G 32-bit quad-core solutions to US$8-9 after Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 210, priced at US$9, said the sources.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The MediaTek-based Android One smartphone rose to the top of the “Bestsellers in Electronics” list on Amazon India’s online shopping website just days after it was launched, according to Chinese-language paper Commercial Times. India-based smartphone vendors, including Karbonn, Micromax and Spice, began to market the Android One smartphones featuring MediaTek Inc.’s (聯發科技) MT6582 mobile system-on-chip from Sept. 15, MediaTek revealed.
While there have been many 4G smartphones for sale at retail prices of CNY1,000 (US$163) or below in the China market, China-based vendors including Coolpad and Lenovo are expected to launch models for sale at CNY500 or below by the end of 2014, according to president He Ning for China Mobile Device, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile. 4G smartphones priced at up to CNY500 will be mainly support TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and GSM, with chip solutions to be provided by Taiwan-based MediaTek, He said.
NEW DELHI: Smartphone chipmaker MediaTek will leverage its Android One partnership with Google and use India as a springboard to scale up its presence in the developed markets of US and Europe, where rival Qualcomm has a dominant position. As part of a broader plan with Google, an array of smartphones, including those supporting LTE, a standard for highspeed mobile data, will be launched in India as the associated network develops towards the beginning of next year, Mohit Bhushan, vice president and general manager, US corporate marketing for MediaTek, told ET.
NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the initial response to Android One smartphones, chip maker MediaTek today said it expects as many as two million handsets to be sold this year in India, the world’s second largest market for mobile phones. The Taiwan-headquartered company has partnered with US-based tech giant Google on Android One, an initiative to provide a family of high-quality, yet affordable Android devices for consumers in emerging markets like India.
Mainly because Qualcomm has offered an inexpensive 4G chip solution to compete with Taiwan-based MediaTek and market competition for 4G smartphones among China-based vendors has been heating up, prices for a 4G smartphone have dropped to below US$200 and are expected to further slip to below US$100 in the first half of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
TAIPEI–MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Friday that sales hit a fresh high in August, with market analysts attributing the growth to strong demand for smartphone chips from China. Chinese smartphone brands moving to build up their inventories ahead of an expected buying spree during China’s Oct. 1 National Day holiday were behind MediaTek’s uptrend, which benefited from peak season effects.
TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and MediaTek Inc. ranked as the three largest research and development spenders among the manufacturers listed on Taiwan’s main board and the over-the-counter (OTC) market in the second quarter of his year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Citing statistics, the MOEA said that the TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, spent NT$13.6 billion (US$453 million) in R&D expenses during the April-June period, topping R&D spending rankings among Taiwan’s listed manufacturers.
Qualcomm and MediaTek reportedly are each holding a new round of negotiations with United Microelectronic Corporation (UMC) in order to gain an additional capacity for 28nm chips made using its PolySiON process, according to industry sources. Tight production for 28nm chips at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Globalfoundries’ plan to shift to its HKMG process have forced the two chipset solution vendors to seek additional capacity at UMC, the sources explained.
On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. In view of MediaTek’s growing share in the global entry-level to mid-range smartphone solution market, and the need to maintain a high order visibility at TSMC, the offering of more 28nm production capacity to MediaTek is an important strategy for the Taiwan-based foundry house, said the sources.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment. TSMC chairman Morris Chang admitted recently that TSMC will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 before regaining its leading market position in 2016-2017.
MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014. The MT6795, built using a 28nm process, clocks at 2.2GHz and comes with MediaTek’s CorePilot technology to deliver multi-core processor performance and thermal control. The MT6795 also supports dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz.
IC design house MediaTek in early 2014 set target shipments of 15 million APs (application processors) for 4G smartphones, and is confident of reaching the goal due to expected large demand in the China market in the second half, according to the company. MediaTek targets China-based smartphone vendors for its 4G APs.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Wednesday that it is planning to expand its research and development in Singapore and set up an innovation center in the city state. MediaTek said it is committed to spending S$250 million (US$200 million) over the next six years to expand its R&D operations there. The IC designer added that the center will focus on development of applications to explore business opportunities in the consumer, medical and Internet of Things areas.
SINGAPORE: Taiwan semiconductor firm MediaTek on Tuesday (July 1) unveiled plans to invest another S$250 million in Singapore by 2020 in a sign of continued confidence in the city-state’s electronics industry. Economic Development Board (EDB) Chairman Leo Yip said MediaTek’s expansion – along with investments announced by firms such as Realtek and International Rectifier earlier this year – showed that Singapore’s semiconductor industry remained globally competitive.
Sony Mobile Communications will adopt MediaTek’s 64-bit quad-core solution, the MT6732, for production of entry-level and mid-range 4G LTE smartphones for delivering in 2015, according to industry sources. Taiwan-based handset ODMs, including Arima Communications, Compal Communications and FIH Mobile, are currently manufacturing 4G LTE models for Sony Mobile using smartphone solutions from Qualcomm.
Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Under the Android One initiative, Google will offer a set of hardware and software guidelines, as well as reference design platforms, for device makers to build affordable smartphones more easily and faster.
Qualcomm, a leading player in terms of LTE technologies, started supplying LTE solutions to markets worldwide including China in 2013. But because of regulations and issues over licensing issues, China’s LTE service started later than most of the developed countries. At the same time, restrictions from the China-dedveloped TD-SCDMA standard and policies over multi-mode support also limited the number of chipmakers who were able to enter China’s LTE chip supply chain initially.
MediaTek and Acer will cooperate in the Internet of Things sector to promote cloud applications, wearable devices, and the Internet of Things technologies. The news was announced during Computex Taipei 2014. The cooperation between MediaTek and Acer will focus on open platforms and it will be based on the Acer Open Platform. Stan Shih, chairman of Acer, and Ming-Kai Tsai, chairman of MediaTek, announced that with the cooperation, MediaTek will join Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud project.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) teamed up Wednesday with chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) to jointly explore the business opportunities in cloud computing technology and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The partnership was announced at the Computex Summit Forum, where Acer Chairman Stan Shih (施振榮) invited MediaTek Chairman and CEO Tsai Ming-kai (蔡明介) to join him on stage after Shih had given a keynote speech.