TAIPEI–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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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’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.
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.
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 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.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — MediaTek (聯發科) shares dipped pronouncedly throughout yesterday’s session, amid gloomy market predictions that prospects may be less than ideal for the fabless chip design company in the fourth quarter. In an earnings call yesterday, the company announced its operating results over the third quarter, recording pre-tax net income of NT$14.919 billion, up by 5.9 percent quarter-on-quarter, and earnings-per-share rating of NT$9.94.
MediaTek is expected to see its revenues drop 6-11% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to declining shipments of 3G smartphone solutions and other ICs for consumer electronics, networking communication and optical storage applications, according to industry sources. Moreover, the slow sales for MediaTek is likely to continue into the first quarter of 2015, due to a high inventory level of smartphones in China and slowing overseas shipments of handsets by China-based vendors affected by seasonality, the sources added.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Integrated circuit designer (IC) MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技) said recently that the sale of the iPhone 6 will not impact the company’s performance, as its chips are utilized in budget phones that are tailored for a different market segment. As sales of the iPhone 6 picked up recently, the market is concerned that it will squeeze out sales of competing Android phones and consequently affect MediaTek, which supplies ICs to Android phones.
Acer and MediaTek’s cooperation in cloud computing is expected to achieve preliminary results in the first half of 2015 related to wearable devices, according to Acer BYOC business manager Maverick Shih and general manager of MediaTek’s new business development unit JC Hsu. Acer and MediaTek announced a partnership in June 2014 to integrate Acer’s BYOC solution into MediaTek’s Internet of things (IoT) platform LinkIt to help clients develop wearable and IoT applications.
Taiwanese mobile phone chip manufacturer MediaTek saw a performance decline in September 2014, yet achieved a record-high quarterly revenue uptick. The company’s overall operating revenue was NTD57.472 billion, which was about CNY11.6 billion, in the third quarter of 2014, representing record-high quarterly revenue for the history of the company.
NEW DELHI: Eyeing the higher margin premium smartphone market in India, MediaTek today unveiled its 4G LTE chipset ‘MT6595′ through which the chip maker aims to take on its rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset family. The Taiwan-headquartered firm claims the chip is world’s first octa-core 4G LTE System on Chip (SoC), which was first announced in February this year.
In addition to gradually integrating Android’s ecosystem into the Chrome OS, Google is looking to support more processors. Chromebook-supported processors will include solutions from MediaTek and Rockchip in 2015, helping vendors to develop LTE-based inexpensive Chromebooks, according to information obtained by Digitimes Research from the upstream supply chain. By boosting device values and cutting prices, the plan is expected to increase shipments of the Chromebook by another 100%.
In the China market, China-based vendors have a significant advantage in pricing for TD-LTE smartphones compared with international vendors and therefore are seeing combined shipments that soon stand a chance of exceeding international vendors, according to China-based handset supply chain makers. Qualcomm, Marvell, Taiwan-based MediaTek and China-based Spreadtrum Communications have offered multi-mode and multi-band TD-LTE chips solutions in hot price competition, the sources said.
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.