Next Google Nexus smartphone may be powered by MediaTek
Apr18

Next Google Nexus smartphone may be powered by MediaTek

File this one under “crazier things have happened in the mobile world”, will you? The latest rumor originating in China says Google will choose MediaTek as the chipset supplier for the next Nexus smartphone. Now that may seem unlikely given how much everyone uses Qualcomm chips these days, but remember that Google did turn to TI for the processor in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. MediaTek is the up-and-coming mobile chipset...

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MediaTek has a hexa-core processor on the way too, leaked roadmap reveals
Feb26

MediaTek has a hexa-core processor on the way too, leaked roadmap reveals

Well, what do you know… it turns out that Samsung isn’t the only big mobile chipset maker that has developed a love for hexa-core CPUs. Earlier today, Samsung made the Exynos 5260 Hexa official – this is the chip that powers the recently unveiled Galaxy Note 3 Neo. MediaTek is also working on a hexa-core processor, though. This has been revealed through a leaked roadmap originating at the Taiwanese company. It shows...

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MediaTek jumps into the 64-bit space with quad-core 1.5 GHz chipset coming this year
Feb24

MediaTek jumps into the 64-bit space with quad-core 1.5 GHz chipset coming this year

Now that 64-bit is pretty much the buzzword in the mobile chipset space (thank Apple and its A7 solution employed in the iPhone 5S), MediaTek simply can’t afford to sit idly by while the likes of Qualcomm and Intel have all the 64-bit fun. So what is an up-and-coming Taiwanese chip maker to do? Announce its first 64-bit offering, of course. Which is exactly what MediaTek did at MWC. It’s also unveiled a new slogan,...

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MediaTek’s first 4G LTE chipset will be octa-core, ready in January
Dec10

MediaTek’s first 4G LTE chipset will be octa-core, ready in January

Last month, Taiwanese mobile chipset maker MediaTek launched its first octa-core solution, the MT6592. This is billed by the company as the world’s first “true octa-core” processor, as it is able to use all of its eight cores at once, or none; or in any combination required by the current load. Quickly, many Chinese smartphone makers have unveiled new devices sporting this processor, so it’s clearly been a...

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MediaTek officially launches the MT6592 “true octa-core” chip
Nov20

MediaTek officially launches the MT6592 “true octa-core” chip

Today MediaTek has officially announced the MT6592 octa-core mobile chipset. This has been rumored for a few months now, with pictures leaking in September. It represents the Taiwanese company’s first venture into octa-core territory, and like for its quad-core solutions the MT6592 uses ARM Cortex-A7 cores. These have lower power requirements than the likes of Cortex-A15, but aren’t exactly the highest performing either....

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MediaTek chipsets now power more than half of the smartphones sold in China
Oct16

MediaTek chipsets now power more than half of the smartphones sold in China

Think of the big names in the mobile chipset business. What companies immediately come to mind? Qualcomm, Nvidia, maybe Samsung, right? Well, each of those has its own strengths, but over in China, none of them is number one. Not even close. Yet there is a company dominating the mobile chipset business in China, and it’s MediaTek. The Taiwanese chip designer focuses on low prices and decent performance for its solutions, as...

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Samsung to buy processors from MediaTek
Oct03

Samsung to buy processors from MediaTek

You know you’ve made it in the mobile chipset business when the biggest smartphone maker in the world starts buying from you. And for MediaTek, that moment seems to have finally come. According to a short (and, as usual, unconfirmed) report from DigiTimes today, the Taiwanese chip maker will enter Samsung’s supply chain in the second half of 2014. MediaTek will be supplying Samsung with quad-core and octa-core processors....

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MediaTek MT6592 “true octa-core” CPU gets photographed in the wild
Sep24

MediaTek MT6592 “true octa-core” CPU gets photographed in the wild

So far, Samsung’s chip division has been the only one to put out a mobile eight-core CPU. However, that Exynos is more like two quad-core CPUs stacked together, and not a ‘true’ octa-core solution. At the moment, not all eight cores can be active at once. Furthermore, as they’re two stacks of four cores, they’re not all identical – four are high-performing, but need a lot of energy to function,...

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Amazon Kindle Fire to be powered by MediaTek chipset starting next year
Aug08

Amazon Kindle Fire to be powered by MediaTek chipset starting next year

The cheap entry-level Kindle Fire tablets made by Amazon will sport MediaTek-made mobile chipsets from 2014, a report claims. This would be a huge win for the Taiwan-based chip maker. MediaTek is a household name in Asia (and mostly in China), where it supplies the chipsets for most ‘white box’ mobile devices, and it’s also a leading supplier for the up-and-coming Chinese mobile brands. But so far the company’s...

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MediaTek plans to ship 200 million smartphone chipsets this year, dedicated tablet CPU coming in Q3
Feb05

MediaTek plans to ship 200 million smartphone chipsets this year, dedicated tablet CPU coming in Q3

No wonder Qualcomm’s trying hard to get a foothold in China, and it’s using every advantage it can think of in the process. All of the ‘big guys’ in the mobile chipset space are surely a bit uneasy looking East and seeing MediaTek’s incredible rise. Which isn’t going to slow down, by the way, since the company is looking forward to selling more than 200 million smartphone chipsets in 2013. In case...

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