Digi Times — The production value of Taiwan’s IC design industry is expected to increase 6.7% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, thanks to a pick-up in handset demand, according to Digitimes Research. Demand in China’s smartphone market is picking up, and device vendors have started to replenish inventory since March, Digitimes Research indicated.
Digi Times — Orders placed by China-based Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are set to boost revenues at smartphone-chip provider MediaTek in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are all expected to enjoy as much as 30% shipment growth in 2016, which will buoy related chip and component suppliers’ sales performance, said the sources.
Digi Times — MediaTek is expected to see record shipments of 4G phone chips in the second quarter of 2016 with revenues rising 15-20% on quarter, according to industry sources. MediaTek’s shipments of 4G phone chips are expected to rise 20-30% sequentially in the second quarter, buoyed by replenishment demand prior to China’s May 1 holiday, as well as customers’ roll-outs of new models, said the sources.
Digi Times — TSMC and MediaTek have announced their commitment to a long-term partnership to continue developing innovative products for Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device applications based on TSMC’s ultra-low power (ULP) technology platform. Under the ULP platform, TSMC offers multiple processes to provide significant power reduction benefits for IoT and wearable products and a comprehensive design ecosystem to accelerate time-to-market for customers.
Digi Times — Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to see 50% of its 2016 revenues generated from orders placed by its fabless customers based in China and Taiwan, according to industry sources. TSMC used to have more than 80% of its total revenues generated from orders placed by its non-Greater China customers, but the proportion has declined in recent years, said the sources.
Enterprise Innovation — MediaTek announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its first bio-sensing analog front-end (AFE) chip designed for health and fitness devices. The MT2511 enables bio signal acquisition through electrocardiography (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) simultaneously. It is extremely power efficient and provides lower active mode power consumption of less than 0.6mA while capturing PPG.
Digi Times — The MediaTek Helio P20 system-on-chip has been announced as the latest addition to the company’s top-tier Helio family of mobile processors. The Helio P20 is a follow up to the Helio P10, MediaTek noted. The P20-series, manufactured using 16nm process technology, is 25% more power efficient than the previous generation, the company claimed. The new MediaTek Helio P20 features upgraded CPU and GPU capabilities with its True Octa-Core architecture clocked up to 2.3GHz and Mali T880 graphics unit clocked at 900MHz.
PR Newswire — BOSTON: The global tablet Applications Processor (AP) market declined -38 percent year-over-year to reach $828 million in Q3 2015, according to Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report, “Tablet Apps Processor Market Share Q3 2015: Apple and MediaTek Take Top Spots.”
Digi Times — MediaTek has expanded the R&D team within its IoT (Internet of Things) business unit to more than 200 engineers, and the number of its IoT R&D staff will continue to grow substantially during 2016, according to company sources. MediaTek has started shipping two IoT chips – MT2502 and MT2601 – with monthly shipments reaching several ten million units.
EE Times — MANILLA—MediaTek unveiled three systems-on-chip at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The SoCs are designed for wearable devices, smart home applications and Ultra-HD (4K) Blu-ray players. The MT2523 series, which is dedicated to smart watches and other wearables, is a system-in-package (SiP) that enables GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy and a MIPI-supported high-resolution mobile screen, according to the company.
Digi Times — MediaTek has internally set a shipment goal of 480 million chips for smartphones in 2016 representing about a 20% rise compared to 2015, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report. Among the shipment target, 250 million units will be for 4G smartphones surpassing those for 3G models for the first time, the report said.
Digi Times — MediaTek Labs has announced the launch of the MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688, a development platform enabling rapid development of advanced Wi-Fi based devices such as IP cameras, surveillance devices, smart appliances and Wi-Fi gateways that make use of cloud services.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Want 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.
EE 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.
Digi 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.
The 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.