Xiaomi, 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.
Taiwan’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.
MediaTek’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.
MediaTek 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.
MStar 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.
TAIPEI–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.
Leading 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.
MediaTek 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.
Fabless 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.
MediaTek, 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 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.
After 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.
Taiwanese 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.
TAIPEI, 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 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’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.
Samsung 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 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 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.
TAIPE–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.