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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Computex: MediaTek expands Helio chip family with P series

TaiwanTaiwan’s MediaTek, a major supplier of handset chips to Chinese manufacturers, launched the Helio P10 system-on-a-chip (SoC) Monday at Computex Taipei to focus on the growing demand for slim smartphones with strong features. The Helio P10 runs a 2GHz octa-core 64-bit processor based on the Cortex-A53 architecture and a 700MHz dual-core 64-bit Mali-T860 graphic processing unit. The SoC will be available in the third quarter of this year and is expected to be in consumer products in late 2015, according to MediaTek.

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MediaTek with 10-core chips likely to win orders for Xiaomi high-end phones

TaiwanXiaomi, which uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC for its Note-series smartphones, will likely switch back to MediaTek for its flagship smartphones, according to industry sources. Xiaomi uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC for its latest flagship series – Mi Note – compared to the company’s previous flagship models utilizing MediaTek’s solutions. Nevertheless, MediaTek with its recently-unveiled 10-core chip, the Helio X20, is expected to attract orders from Xiaomi, the sources said.

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Digitimes Research: Taiwan top foundries to see revenues fall 4.5% in 2Q15

TaiwanTaiwan’s major IC foundries will see their combined revenues decrease 4.5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Weaker-than-expected smartphone shipments as well as downward pressure on the world economy have prompted many of IC suppliers to continue adjusting their inventory levels.

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MediaTek 10-core chips likely to attract orders from many smartphone vendors

TaiwanMediaTek’s recently-introduced Helio X20 SoC series for high-end smartphones has reportedly received positive feedback from international smartphone vendors. MediaTek’s new 10-core chip solutions will likely attract orders from the company’s existing clients including Sony, LG Electronics, HTC, ZTE, Lenovo and Meizu, according to industry sources. Huawei and Xiaomi have also expressed interest in MediaTek’s Helio X20 chips, said the sources.

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MediaTek world’s No. 2 LTE baseband chip maker in 2014

TaiwanMediaTek established itself as the world’s second-largest maker of Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-enabled cellular baseband processors in 2014, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, which has had near total dominance of the high-growth LTE baseband segment in the past and had a 95% share in 2013, maintained its top spot in the segment in 2014, Strategy Analytics said, without disclosing its specific market share.

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MediaTek subsidiary completes acquisition of Alpha

TaiwanMStar Semiconductor has completed its acquisition of fellow IC design company Alpha Imaging Technology, according to a MediaTek filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). MediaTek announced that subsidiary MStar has acquired about 29.89 million shares of Alpha exceeding the required minimum. MStar will continue to acquire the remaining shares.

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MediaTek maintains target for 2015 smartphone

TaiwanTAIPEI–MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, has decided not to revise its 2015 target for smartphone chip shipments, although it has cut its shipment forecast for the second quarter of the year. At an investor conference Thursday, MediaTek President Hsieh Ching-jiang (謝清江) said the company remains optimistic that market demand in the second half of this year will offset the slow season effects of the first half. MediaTek, therefore, is maintaining its shipment target of 450 million units for the whole of 2015, he said.

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Qualcomm and MediaTek to launch new chips for China’s 4G market

China.gifLeading telecom chipmaker Qualcomm is speeding up its development of 4G product lines and is scheduled to introduce a new chip with advanced carrier aggregation technology Cat 10 before the first half of this year, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. It took eight years for the Chinese market to reach 100 million 3G users but it has only taken one year to get to 100 million 4G users. This is the result of the rapid growth in mobile internet demand in the country, Qualcomm China head Wang Xiang said at the company’s innovation summit in Beijing on April 27.

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MediaTek MT6735 chip adopted by major China smartphone firms

TaiwanMediaTek has announced that its MT6735 quad-core 4G 64-bit full-mode chip solution has been adopted by China-based ZTE, Lenovo and TCL for their upcoming smartphones. MediaTek indicated that volume production for the MT6735 SoC has kicked off. The solution will be incorporated into several new smartphones set to roll out in May.

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MediaTek reportedly uses TSMC 20nm process to manufacture 10-core chip solutions

TaiwanFabless chipmaker MediaTek is expected to enter volume production of its 10-core SoC series for smartphones in the third quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. The chip solutions would be built using TSMC’s 20nm process technology. Codenamed Helios X20, the solution will be aimed at brand smartphone vendors particularly China-based ones, which are looking to upgrade their flagship device processor features to 10 cores, the sources said.

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MediaTek cracks top 10 in semiconductor brand rankings

TaiwanMediaTek, a leading Taiwanese IC design company, was the 10th largest semiconductor brand supplier in the world in 2014, up five notches from a year earlier, according to market information advisory firm IHS. In cracking the top 10, MediaTek became the first Taiwan-based IC supplier to rank among the 10 leading chip brands in the world. MediaTek’s jump in the rankings was propelled by a 53.6% rise in sales in 2014 to US$7.02 billion, which IHS attributed in part to the acquisition of smaller rival MStar Semiconductor Inc. in February last year.

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MediaTek likely to post 12-18% sales growth in 2Q15

TaiwanMediaTek is expected to see its second-quarter revenues increase 12-18% from an already-low base in the first quarter, with gross margin falling below 47%, according to market watchers. Any growth less than 20% in the second quarter will mean MediaTek’s sales momentum has not returned to the strong levels seen in previous quarters, said the watchers. MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$47.54 billion (US$1.53 billion) for the first three months of 2015, down about 14% from a year earlier.

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Spreadtrum, Rockchips team up with Intel to take on MediaTek

China.gifAfter lagging behind its rivals in chip development for mobile devices, US chipmaker Intel has been gearing up to assign more resources to enter the low- to mid-range mobile communications chip turf by joining forces with Chinese counterparts, Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald reports. In turn, a move by Intel to cooperate with Spreadtrum Communications and Fuzhou Rockchips Electronics is expected to help the two Chinese integrated circuit designers take on competition from Taiwan-based counterpart MediaTek in the mobile communications chip market.

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MediaTek launches new platform for Internet of Things developers

TaiwanTaiwanese chip designer MediaTek has launched a new development platform to help developers commercialize their products or services using Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The MediaTek LinkIt Assist 2502 platform is designed for advanced developers looking for a professional environment in which they can design and prototype the software and hardware for consumer-ready wearables and IoT devices.

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