MediaTek: Smartphone on a Chip

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MediaTek will take on Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia in the emerging market for mobile quad-core chips, says C/Net. MediaTek, based in Taiwan, has begun sampling “the industry’s first commercial quad-core smartphone chips, integrated with multimode modem.”

Other chip makers are shipping quad-core apps processors, but none has introduced an apps processor integrated with a modem in a single chip, claimed Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek’s general manager for business development.

The MediaTek MT6589 supports 1080p 30fps/30fps low-power video playback and recording, a 13MP camera, and up to a 1,920×1,080 resolution display.

MediaTek’s SoC, fabricated using a 28-nm process, integrates an HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem, a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU subsystem from ARM and a PowerVR Series5XT GPU from Imagination Technologies. It is being positioned to compete head-to-head with Qualcomm, which announced last week two new quad-core chips with integrated modems that work with UMTS, CDMA and TD-SCDMA. Both are based on ARM’s Cortex A7 cores.

In the first half of 2012, Strategy Analytics ranked MediaTek second (with a 12.8 percent share of revenues) in the global cellular baseband processor market that includes 2G, 3G and LTE.

China’s smartphone growth is going to be astounding. It will be followed by a huge wave of Indian users. Together they will drive the broadband wireless industry.

What China and India want, they’ll get. The West must deal with it.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 1:08 pm .

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