MediaTek on Wednesday mentioned it could use Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s 6-nanometer chipmaking expertise for its latest chips geared toward premium 5G smartphones.
Taiwan’s MediaTek seems to be one of many first high-volume clients for the expertise and is amongst a handful of firms with modem expertise to attach telephones to cellular knowledge networks, competing in opposition to Qualcomm Inc and Samsung.
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The brand new chips introduced Wednesday, referred to as Dimensity 1100 and 1200, construct on MediaTek’s efforts to go after higher-priced handsets the place Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips have traditionally had a stronger market share.
Like Qualcomm and Apple, MediaTek designs chips after which contracts out manufacturing to exterior companies. The latest chips will likely be made at TSMC, on a chipmaking expertise referred to as a 6-nanometer. Qualcomm’s chips are being made by Samsung on 5-nanometer expertise whereas Apple makes use of TSMC’s 5-nanometer expertise.
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Smaller chipmaker expertise is quicker and extra power-efficient. MediaTek’s earlier chips used a 7-nanometer course of, and transferring to newer manufacturing expertise together with advances within the chip’s design make it 22% sooner at computing duties whereas consuming 25% much less energy, Finbarr Moynihan, normal supervisor of worldwide company gross sales, advised Reuters in an interview.