National Taiwan University (NTU) and MediaTek Inc (聯發科) set up an innovative research center on Thursday to work together on the development of fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication technology.
MediaTek said 4G networks, which are not yet operational in Taiwan, will be unable to meet demand after 2020, therefore it is time to start research and development on 5G systems, and that the academic and business sectors must take on the challenge of developing new technologies together.
Meanwhile, NTU vice president Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said that demand will increase for information delivered via phones and other mobile devices.
In anticipation of that trend, NTU is joining forces with MediaTek to engage in mid and long-term research, and hopes to bring the university’s advanced technologies into the mobile communication industry, he said.
Chen described MediaTek as an exemplary enterprise and one of the few first-grade Taiwanese companies that can compete in the fierce international market.
MediaTek plans to invest more than NT$100 million (US$3.3 million) per year in the development of top-end technologies, chief technology officer Chou Yue-chun (周漁君) said.
The company also hopes to nurture talent to better meet the needs of the industry, he said.
MediaTek, one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, must continue to be a leader in innovation in order to catch up with the front-runners, Chou said.
MediaTek also said it plans to recruit 2,000 employees this year at home and overseas in the biggest hiring program in the company’s history. The recruitment is part of the chipmaker’s efforts to develop next-generation chips, supporting 4G Long-Term Evolution and 5G technologies.