Competition among SoC suppliers to heat up, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Competition among smartphone-use SoC providers is expected to heat up in 2016 as companies are gearing up for their new 8- or 10-core solution rollouts. MediaTek will roll out a new series of 64-bit 10-core processors built using 16nm FinFET process technology in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Codenamed Helio X30, the upcoming 10-core solution will be targeted at the high end of the smartphone market, said the sources.

MediaTek, TSMC urge Taiwan government to ease restrictions on China investment in chipmakers

TaiwanDigi Times — The chairmen of MediaTek and TSMC both agree that Taiwan’s government should be more liberal towards the issue of allowing China-based firms to invest in the local IC industry sectors, and pursue an open policy for the local chipmakers’ cooperation with their China-based counterparts.

China investment in Taiwan IC design houses is feasible, says Acer founder

TaiwanDigi Times — In response to China-based Tsinghua Unigroup’s interest in combining its two subsidiary IC designers with Taiwan-based MediaTek, Acer founder Stan Shih said that China-based investment in Taiwan-based IC design houses is feasible as long as the investment is balanced based on appropriate stake ratios and constraining conditions such as protecting intellectual properties.

Tsinghua Unigroup expresses interest in MediaTek

ChinaDigi Times — China’s state-backed technology conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup, which owns both Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, has expressed interest in merging its two chip units with MediaTek. Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo said in an interview with Taiwan’s media on November 1 that if Taiwan’s government lifts the ban on investments by China-based firms in the island’s lC design sector, Tsinghua Unigroup is willing to visit MediaTek and discuss a potential merger deal between its units Spreadtrum and RDA and the Taiwan-based company.

MediaTek 3Q15 profits soar 25%

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek’s net profits soared to almost NT$8 billion (US$246 million) in the third quarter of 2015 hitting the highest quarterly level for the year. MediaTek has announced net profits of NT$7.96 billion on consolidated revenues of 56.96 billion for the third quarter, representing sequential increases of 21.1% in revenues and 24.8% in profits.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 14.6% on quarter in 4Q15

ChinaDigi Times — Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to grow 14.6% sequentially to 161 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 as handset vendors are building up inventories to meet year-end seasonal demand in the US and Europe, according to Digitimes Research.

MediaTek to attract investment from China Mobile, says report

TaiwanDigi Times — China Mobile will make an equity investment in MediaTek to form a strategic alliance with the Taiwan-based IC design house, according to a recent Economic Daily News (EDN) report. China Mobile’s investment in MediaTek will be confirmed by the end of 2015, when Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) relaxes its ban on local chipmakers drawing equity investments from China-based companies, the report said, without citing its source.

MediaTek asks government to lift ban on Chinese investment

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has said it is carefully evaluating the feasibility of lifting a ban on Chinese investment in the country’s chip designers but Chinese companies are still prohibited from setting up independent chip design companies in Taiwan, our sister paper Commercial Times reports.

MediaTek Woos IoT Start-Ups in India

IndiaEE Times — Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek, through its development arm, wants to tap start-ups and developers in India as it launched a development platform designed for the Internet of Things (IoT), the Hindu Business Line reported. MediaTek Labs plans to establish an ecosystem that will allow developers to create devices using the company’s products, as well as applications and services supporting such innovations.

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.