Mediatek announces $300M venture fund for investing in startups

TaiwanTaiwan-based chipset maker Mediatek has announced it will open up a US$300 million venture fund for investing in startups across the globe. The fund will be part of a new investment arm known as Mediatek Ventures, and will target the internet of things, internet infrastructure and services, and semiconductor systems and devices. A company spokesperson tells Tech in Asia that the branch’s core team will be based in Taiwan, but will “have presences around the globe.”

TSMC, MediaTek climb in IC R&D spending ranking

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC台積電) and MediaTek Inc.(聯發科) moved up in a ranking of top research and development spenders in the semiconductor industry, according to a report released Tuesday by market research firm IC Insights. TSMC’s 15 percent R&D spending increase in 2014, along with a decline in spending at Toshiba Corp. and STMicroelectronics NV, helped the Taiwanese company climb two slots to fifth place in the annual ranking.

Xiaomi to take legal action against websites selling its phones illegally, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Xiaomi will be taking legal action against websites selling its phones illegally and infringing on the company’s trademark in India where the Chinese handset maker has an ongoing patent dispute with Ericsson.  The Swedish telecom equipment maker had alleged earlier this month that Xiaomi was selling Mediatek-powered smartphones through, in violation of an interim order of the Delhi High Court that allowed the company to only sell Qualcomm chipset smartphones.

MediaTek’s Operating Revenue Hits High With Net Profit

TaiwanTaiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek published its financial report for the fourth quarter and the entire year of 2014. According to the report, the company achieved operating revenue of NTD213.063 billion, which was about CNY42.3 billion, in 2014, a year-on-year increase of 56.6%; and it achieved net profit of NTD46.399 billion, which was about CNY9.2 billion, a year-on-year increase of 68.8%.

One in three smartphones using MediaTek chips: firm

TaiwanTAIPEI–MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Thursday that due to an increase in its smartphone chip shipments, the company has estimated that one in three smartphones in the global market uses its chips. In 2014, smartphone chip shipments of the Taiwanese IC designer topped 350 million units, up more than 50 percent from a year earlier, in reflection of strong global demand.

Sony Mobile to use more MediaTek smartphone solutions, say sources

JapanSony Mobile Communications will increase its purchases of handset solutions from MediaTek for production of entry-level and mid-range smartphones in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Sony Mobile is also expected to maintain cooperation with a number of Taiwan-based handset ODMs, including Foxconn/FIH Mobile, Compal Electronics and Arima Communications.

MediaTek January sales up 2.28% on month

TaiwanTAIPEI — MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said its sales for January rose 2.28 percent from a month earlier, defying the conventional wisdom that the first quarter is a slow season for chipmakers. MediaTek was likely bolstered by clients moving to build up inventories to meet strong demand for high-tech devices during the Lunar New Year holiday. Strong demand from China has also been boosting shipments of the company’s smartphone chips, its major sales source.

Make in India: MediaTek keen to expand business

IndiaNEW DELHI: Taiwan-based electronic chip firm Media Tek’s Chairman MK Tsai today met Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and expressed keen interest in expanding presence in the country.  “Media Tek chairman (MK Tsai) shared his commitment to make technology more accessible for people. He was encouraged by the great market potential that India holds in the field of technology and high tech services. He share with the minister that Media Tek is keen on expanding its presence in India,” an official statement said.

MediaTek remains world’s No. 3 supplier of smartphone chips in Q3

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc., a major supplier of handset chips to Chinese brands, remained the world’s third-largest supplier of smartphone application processors in the third quarter of 2014, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.  Based on Strategy Analytics’ estimates, Qualcomm Inc., Apple Inc., MediaTek, Spreadtrum Communications Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. featured in the top-five smartphone applications processor (AP) spots in the July-September period, with their rankings remaining unchanged from the previous quarter.

MediaTek’s MT6975 receives certification by China Mobile

TaiwanTAIPEI–MediaTek Inc., Taiwan’s leading fabless semiconductor company, announced Sunday that its MT6975 smartphone chip has received certification in record time by China Mobile. According to sources close to the industry, the Taiwanese chip maker received certification by the world’s largest mobile phone operator, as measured by subscribers, in three weeks, much faster than the average of one to two months.

Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, says MediaTek

Worldwide tablet shipments have risen at a slower pace and will grow at only a single-digit rate in 2015, according to MediaTek. About 70 million iPads were shipped in 2014, while shipments of Windows tablets reached around 15 million units. Including shipments of Android tablets, estimated at 170-175 million units, the overall shipments of tablets worldwide came to 255-260 million units in 2014, MediaTek said.

MediaTek to power Google audio streaming

TAIPEI–Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), the leading chip supplier for Chinese smartphones, said Tuesday it is collaborating with Google Inc. on a home audio streaming technology that enables users to access music quickly and easily. MediaTek’s audio system-on-chip (SoC), MT8507, will allow consumers to connect with Google Cast Ready speakers and sound bars from personal devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, MacBook laptops and Windows PCs using Google Cast Ready apps, the company said in a press release.

MediaTek hits its sales target during 2014’s fourth quarter

TAIPEI — MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Friday that it met its sales target for the fourth quarter of last year, an achievement it attributed to solid global demand for smartphone chips. In a statement, MediaTek reported NT$55.45 billion (US$1.73 billion) in consolidated sales for the October-December period, down 3.51 percent from a quarter earlier in reflection of the year-end slow season.

Himax Pure III borrows ideas from Xiaomi and Oppo (REVIEW), from Indonesia

Indonesia’s gadget market is very hot. It’s not only foreign smartphone manufacturers making their mark in the country; local phone brands are also turning up their “A” game in the face of serious competition. One of them is Himax. Himax is gaining strong traction in its native Indonesia because it’s emulating Xiaomi’s tactics – making good quality products at prices that a bit lower than you might expect. And it’s also using Xiaomi-style online flash sales.

Qualcomm, MediaTek to diversify foundry sources, say industry watchers

Qualcomm will contract both Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its 1Xnm chips, whereas MediaTek is also likely to have more than one foundry build its high-end solutions in 2015, according to industry watchers. Judging from tight wafer production capacity and persistent high foundry costs in 2014, Qualcomm, MediaTek and other IC vendors will be eager to look for multiple foundry partners in 2015 as their shipments and performance are likely to be affected by TSMC’s supply capacity due to its dominance in the foundry industry, said the sources.

MediaTek sales fall to 5-month low

TAIPEI — MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Friday that its sales for November fell to a five-month low, a decline that market analysts attributed to the slow season effects of the current quarter. MediaTek posted NT$16.77 billion (US$539 million) in consolidated sales for November, down 22.36 percent from a month earlier, but up 30.82 percent year-on-year.

MediaTek 4G smartphone IC shipments to boom, says president

MediaTek’s shipments of 4G LTE chips are expected to increase robustly in 2015, according to company president Hsieh Ching-chiang. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are all gearing up to boost their 4G subscriber counts in 2015, said Hsieh, adding an estimated 60-70% of 3G users in China will switch to 4G. MediaTek is set to ship more than 30 million 4G smartphone chips in 2014, Hsieh disclosed. Shipments of 4G chips will account for about 20% of the company’s overall handset-IC shipments in 2014, Hsieh said.

Little-known Taiwanese chip designer spawns low-priced smartphone boom

TAIPEI: Chips from Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc were mostly passed over by the big phone brands a decade ago, with the likes of Nokia and Motorola commanding legions of in-house engineers who could advise on electronics and circuitry.  Fast-forward to the age of the smartphone. The market is heaving with Chinese smartphone makers out to grab share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd with low-priced handsets.

TSMC, MediaTek sales growth may top global list

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Taiwan-based integrated circuit designer MediaTek Inc. are expected to become the top two IC suppliers on a global list that forecasts IC suppliers’ sales growth, according to market information advisory firm IC Insights. Citing a research report, IC Insights said that TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, is expected to enjoy 26 percent year-on-year growth in sales for 2014, the highest growth among the 20 largest IC suppliers in the world.

MediaTek expects seasonal sales decrease in 4Q14

MediaTek expects revenues to decrease up to 6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to seasonal factors, but there is still a possibility of a 2% growth. However, shipments of its smartphone solutions are likely to remain flat on quarter, according to the company. MediaTek’s smartphone IC shipments for the third quarter are estimated at between 90 million and 100 million units. For the fourth quarter, LTE chips will account for a higher 20% of shipments, said president Hsieh Ching-chiang.