MediaTek expanding IoT ecosystem

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek is stepping up efforts to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The fabless chipmaker has announced a series of new partnerships to push its SoC shipments across multiple devices. MediaTek disclosed its partnership with Amazon for the latest devices, which include the Amazon Fire TV powered by MediaTek’s MT8173, and the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets powered by the chipmaker’s MT8135.

Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war

TaiwanThe Register — Despite what Qualcomm claims, its main foe, MediaTek, claims that the core wars are not over. Qualcomm has argued – like a politician saying that “left and right is old thinking” – that it isn’t about how many cores you had, but what you did with them. Qualcomm recently announced impressive performance figures for its new Snapdragon 820 chip, which has four cores, and it doesn’t use the standard ARM architecture in the 820 – and will claim that for the spin it’s applied and the process it’s using, four cores is plenty.

MediaTek chipsets power new Amazon devices

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek has announced that its chipset solutions will power an array of Amazon consumer products, including the Amazon Fire TV, and Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. The new Amazon Fire TV is powered by MediaTek’s MT8173, a 64-bit quad-core processor and a multimedia SoC with ARM’s Cortex – A72 cores. The Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets are powered by MT8135, an up to 1.5 GHz quad-core processor.

Digitimes Research: Spreadtrum to push new AP for 2H15, threatening MediaTek and Qualcomm

ChinaDigi Times — With cooperation with Intel, China-based smartphone application processor (AP) supplier Spreadtrum is expected to start pushing 64-bit 8-core 5-mode 4G products for the mid-range and high-end sectors in the second half of 2015. The China-based supplier is also expected to become the official distributor of Intel’s SoFIA chips in China for 4G smartphones and tablets with phone functionality and is expected to become a big threat to MediaTek and Qualcomm, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report about the China AP industry.

Digitimes Research: MediaTek acquisition to help Richtek ramp up PWM IC shipments

TaiwanDigi Times — The acquisition of Richtek Technology by MediaTek will help the analog IC vendor to push sales of its power management (PWM) solutions to the smartphone and TV panel sectors, according to Digitimes Research. Richtek has been shifting its focus to production of PWM ICs for telecommunication and consumer applications instead of its previous emphasis on notebook and motherboard segments amid the declining global PC market.

Commentary: MediaTek to account for over 50% revenues of Taiwan IC design industry

TaiwanDigi Times — The landscape of Taiwan’s IC design industry is set to undergo significant changes in 2016 as MediaTek has disclosed plans to acquire up to 100% stake in analog IC vendor Richtek Technology, and its subsidiary MStar Semiconductor will also take over display driver IC maker ILI Technology (Ilitek). Both acquisition plans are to be completed in the first half of 2016.

MediaTek looking to acquire Richtek

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek has disclosed plans to acquire an up to 51% stake in Richtek Technology, and is ultimately looking to buy 100% of the fellow Taiwan-based fabless IC firm. MediaTek indicated a unit under the group will purchase 35-51% of Richtek’s total common share capital, based on 51.98-75.74 million common shares outstanding, on the open market. MediaTek will offer NT$195 (US$5.94) per common share of Richtek.

MediaTek, Richtek deny merger rumors

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek and Richtek Technology have both denied speculation that the two fabless IC firms will merge. Speculation circulated recently in Taiwan’s IC design industry that analog IC supplier Richtek is MediaTek’s next acquisition target, as the island’s leading IC design company is looking to expand its business scope.

IFA 2015: Acer unveils new smartphone with 10-core CPU

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer has unveiled its new smartphone, the Predator 6, at the ongoing IFA 2015. The new model features a MediaTek 10-core Helio X20 processor, 6-inch display and 21-megapixel camera, with 4GB RAM and four speakers. Since MediaTek’s Helio X20 CPUs are expected to be available at the end of 2015, Acer will officially launch the Predator 6 at a later date, according to industry sources.

India market: MediaTek, Micromax collaborate on mid- to high-end smartphones

IndiaDigi TImes — MediaTek has announced an enhanced strategic collaboration with Micromax Informatics, India’s leading handset player. The partnership aims to accelerate 4G accessibility and fuel faster smartphone adoption in India’s rapidly growing market, the chip provider said. MediaTek disclosed that as part of its India roadmap, the company announced the availability of its Helio-series SoCs targeted at high-end smartphones; and the intention for Micromax to become the first Indian brand to launch a device on the new Helio platform using the Helio X10.

Mediatek bets big on 4G, to up India headcount

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile chipmaker Mediatek said it plans to expand its research and development team in the country on the back of strong growth in India, one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets globally. MediaTek, which works with domestic handset makers like Micromax, Karbonn and Lava, and has some 500 people across R&D and a design centre in Bangalore, plans to add “a few hundred” people over the next 1-2 years.

MediaTek gives way to Phison as Taiwan’s top IC designer earner

TaiwanWant China Times — MediaTek lost its title as the most profitable integrated circuit designer in terms of earnings per share (EPS) in Taiwan in the first half of this year in the wake of slowing global demand for smartphone chips, according to figures released Saturday. Smartphone chips serve as the largest revenue source for MediaTek, accounting for more than 60% of the IC designer’s total sales.

Price war brings lower profits, consolidation to mobile chip makers

APACLeading mobile phone chip suppliers have seen the impact of a price war that has led to consolidation in the sector, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Taiwan-based chip designer MediaTek recorded a 13% year-on-year sales decline and a 49.2% drop in net profits when reporting its second-quarter results, while US-based Qualcomm saw sales and net profit drop 14% and 47%, respectively, during its fiscal third quarter, the paper said.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 23.5% in 2H15

ChinaDigi Times  — Shipments of smartphone application processors in the China market are expected to grow 9.7% and 16% on quarter, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Overall, China’s smartphone-use AP shipments will increase 23.5% on year to 300 million units in the second half of 2015, Digitimes Research estimated.

Smartphone AP revenues jump 20% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a solid 20% year-over-year growth to reach US$5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum grabbed the top-five revenue spots in the global smartphone AP market in the first quarter of 2015, said Strategy Analytics.

MediaTek declines to comment on merger rumors

TaiwanDigi Times  — MediaTek has posted a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) stating it was not the source of a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report indicating the company is considering a merger with Nvidia. MediaTek added it does not comment on market rumors.

MediaTek chairman urges government to actively support local chipmakers

TaiwanMergers and acquisitions remain an effective strategy for chipmakers to be bigger to compete in the global marketplace, according to MediaTek chairman MK Tsai. For any chipmakers aiming for the global market, to enhance their worldwide competitiveness as timely and as efficiently as possible has become a top priority. While continuing to upgrade and move into producing higher value-added products, Taiwan-based IC firms would also like to receive support from the government such as positive incentives, Tsai indicated.

COMPUTEX: Acer, MediaTek call for IoT integration

TaiwanTaiwanese PC vendor Acer and chip maker MediaTek on Wednesday called for an integrated ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the concept of connecting ordinary household devices to the internet. Addressing the summit forum of Computex Taipei, Acer founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih said he expected the arrival of a new computing and communication world in the future that will be driven by cloud computing and IoT technologies.

China market: MediaTek 4G chip market share likely to top 50% in 2H15

China.gifMediaTek is set to grow substantially its 4G chip market share in China during the second half of 2015 so that the company is able to meet its target market share for all of the year, market sources have suggested. MediaTek currently has an about 20% share of China’s 4G chip market, the sources estimated. MediaTek is expected to boost its 4G chip market share in China to more than 50% in the second half of 2015, according to its target market share for the year.

Computex: MediaTek-backed Chromebooks to arrive in late 2015

TaiwanTaiwanese chip designer MediaTek confirmed on Monday it is developing a mobile chip for use in low-cost laptops running on Google’s Chrome operating system. The new chip is expected to hit the market by the end of this year or early next year, MediaTek president CJ Hsieh said at the company’s media and analyst cocktail party at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-largest computer trade show. MediaTek will count multiple major manufacturers of Chromebooks as its clients when their new laptops are released, said Hsieh, who cautioned that the company’s customer base in the Chromebook market would be limited initially.