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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

CHIPMAKERS

MediaTek chips on show

MediaTek Inc (聯發科), the nation’s bigger handset chipmaker, said it planned to showcase latest chips, including its LTE modem and mobile system-on-chips during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, that begins tomorrow. MediaTek said its MT6290 is an LTE modem built on the 28nm process with a wireless baseband processor based on the Coresonic SIMT architecture. MT6290 is fully compatible with MediaTek SOCs, including the new octa-core MT6592. MediaTek will demonstrate the world’s first Ultra high-definition, 4k2k, DTV SOC with 60Hz HEVC support. MediaTek is scheduled to ship the chip next quarter. The chipmaker will also showcase its first wireless charging product, which is the world’s first multimode inductive Qi and resonance wireless charging SOC.

TELECOMS

4G services launch

Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), the nation’s top telecom operator, said it planned to recruit 168 new workers in preparation for the commercial launch of its new fourth-generation (4G) services in the second half of this year. The program aims to accelerate the construction of 4G base stations and launch of services, the company said in a statement sent on Saturday. Chunghwa Telecom aims to have 300,000 4G subscribers this year. The company planned to build 3,000 4G base station this year. Chunghwa has nearly 3.6 million subscribers for its 3G data services. The company obtained a 4G license for NT$39.08 billion (US$1.3 billion) last year. Chunghwa Telecom has 10.55 million mobile subscribers, seizing 35 percent of local market share, which was a greater share than any of the five other bidders.

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