MediaTek Inc (聯發科), which designs chips used in mobile phones, yesterday launched its new 5G Dimensity 820 system-on-chip (SoC), targeting mid-range to high-end smartphones.
The company expects the penetration of 5G technology to gain pace quickly this year and not be affected too much by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MediaTek said it aims to expand its 5G chip portfolio this year to cover phones of varying prices after it shipped its first 5G SoC, the Dimensity 1000, last quarter.
Photo courtesy of MediaTek Inc
The Dimensity 820, made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電) on 7-nanometer technology, is designed for mid-range to high-end 5G phones.
MediaTek expects to infiltrate the mass market in the second half by offering its third 5G SoC series for entry-level phones.
“With the new Dimensity 820, we are making 5G much more accessible,” Lee Yenchi (李彥輯), assistant general manager of MediaTek’s wireless communications business unit, said in a statement.
Xiaomi Corp (小米) is to be an early adopter of Dimensity 820, with the Chinese firm scheduled to roll out its new Redmi 10X on Tuesday next week, Lu Wei-ping (盧偉冰), who is in charge of Xiaomi’s Redmi family, wrote online yesterday.
Lu was part of a MediaTek online news conference yesterday to launch the Dimenisty 820.
MediaTek expects China to be the world’s largest 5G smartphone market this year, with shipments ranging from 100 million to 120 million units, accounting for about 60 percent of worldwide 5G handsets of between 170 million and 200 million units this year, it said.
All of China’s major smartphone brands are to adopt MediaTek 5G chips this quarter, the company said last month, implying that Huawei Technologies Co (華為) would be one of them.
The Dimensity 820 is designed for global sub-6GHz 5G networks in Asia, North America and Europe, MediaTek said, adding that 5G momentum would grow every quarter this year.
MediaTek stock surged 7.18 percent to close at NT$440.5 yesterday amid speculation that the firm might be the major beneficiary from the US tightening curbs on Huawei’s access to chip supplies, as Huawei could buy more chips from MediaTek rather than from its chip subsidiary Hisilicon Technologies Co (海思).
With the speed cryptocurrency is emerging as the millennial generation’s alternative asset of choice in India, it is hard to imagine that just two years ago a couple of blockchain pioneers were briefly in police custody. Sathvik Vishwanath and Harish BV, cofounders of a then five-year-old start-up, were arrested in late 2018. No, they had not pulled off a shady initial coin offering. Their “crime” was that they put up a kiosk in a mall in Bangalore where customers could swap bitcoin, ether or ripple for cash or vice versa. That was the whole point of unocoin, their crypto token exchange.
A Chinese factory owned by South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix Inc yesterday halted operations after a plant worker was found to have an asymptomatic infection of COVID-19, Xinhua news agency reported. The South Korean worker based at the plant in Chongqing since February had departed on Thursday for South Korea, Xinhua reported. He was tested at Incheon Airport in Seoul and confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, it reported. All factory staff as well as staff and recent guests at the hotel where the worker lived have been isolated and given nucleic acid tests, the agency said. “We’re cooperating with the local government
FIVE NEW FABS: An acquisition of Siltronic would boost GlobalWafers’ market share from 17 to 30 percent, easily surpassing Japanese rival Sumco’s 25 percent GlobalWafers Inc (環球晶圓) yesterday said it is in final talks to acquire Germany-based Siltronic AG in a 3.75 billion euro (US$4.5 billion) deal, which might help it compete with its closest rival Sumco Corp of Japan. The acquisition would be the fifth for GlobalWafers since 2008, as it has grown to become the world’s No. 3 supplier of silicon wafers through such deals. GlobalWafers, which has a 17 percent market share, would see its market position greatly elevated to 30 percent when combined with Siltronic’s 13 percent, according to a presentation Siltronic gave to its investors at a quarterly conference in August. Sumco
A year of crisis for the lira has kept people in Turkey buying gold at a record pace. Now the appetite for more bullion risks becoming a drag on the currency just as a rally struggles to regain momentum. In the two weeks after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cleared out the leadership ranks blamed for failing to stabilize the lira and draining reserves, Turkish retail investors and firms added US$2.2 billion to their gold holdings, taking them to US$36.4 billion, or almost triple the total last year, Turkish central bank data showed. People are not relenting in their zeal to own