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.

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.

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.

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.

MediaTek announces attaining of sales goal for the first quarter

TaiwanTAIPEI, Taiwan — MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, reported Thursday that it had attained its sales target for the first quarter of the year, largely on the back of a sharp increase in its March revenues.  The company reported first-quarter consolidated sales of NT$47.54 (US$1.53 billion) billion, well within its estimate of NT$45.5 billion to NT$49.9 billion.

MediaTek intros Helio family SoC for high-end smartphones

TaiwanMediaTek has unveiled a new mobile processor family targeted at high-end smartphones. Dubbed Helio, the new system-on-chips (SoC) combine both high performance and low power consumption. “Helio is MediaTek’s premium mobile processor family which integrates leading heterogeneous computing technology with advanced multimedia innovations,” the company said.

MediaTek 1Q15 revenues likely to meet low-end guidance

TaiwanMediaTek’s first-quarter 2015 revenues are likely to only meet the low-end of the company’s guidance, due mainly to disappointing sales of entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to industry sources. However, MediaTek is expected to post revenue growth of 10-20% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by rising shipments for 4G smartphones, said the sources. Shipments of the company’s 4G smartphone chips will climb to more than 10-12 million units a month in the second quarter, up from 7-8 million units in the first quarter, the sources indicated.

Digitimes Research: Samsung to adopt MediaTek APs for smartphones

KoreaSamsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung’s smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor’s product lineup. After Broadcom quit the smartphone AP business, Samsung has turned to Marvell for replacement and partnered with China-based Spreadtrum to acquire AP solutions for its lower-end smartphone product lines.

Qualcomm more important than MediaTek for China smartphone production in 2015

ChinaQualcomm is expected to play a more important role than MediaTek for smartphone production in China in 2015 as China-based smartphone vendors are seeking to ramp up their share in the international space, according to industry sources. More China-based vendors are likely to choose chipset solutions from Qualcomm as they will further strengthen the price/performance ratio of their smartphones by using more advanced chipsets, and therefore will place MediaTek at a disadvantage, said the sources.

Xiaomi to strengthen cooperation with Taiwan handset supply chain

ChinaXiaomi Technology looks to further expand its cooperation with Taiwan-based makers in the handset supply chain as it continues to ramp up its shipment volume, according to company co-founder and president Lin Bin. Xiaomi shipped 61 million smartphones in 2014 and is expected to ramp up the shipments to 80-100 million units in 2015, company CEO Lei Jun indicated earlier.

MediaTek may benefit as Chinese phone makers go global: brokerage

TaiwanTAIPE–Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) may benefit from exports of Chinese smartphones this year as more Chinese handset brands prepare to expand overseas, according to a U.S. based brokerage. In a research note written after the recently concluded Mobile World Congress show, the brokerage said the number of small smartphone brands in China continues to increase as they have set their sights on selling more phones in overseas markets.

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.