MediaTek besieged by heavy demand, rushes to get orders out in September
Talk of shortages for the MT6572 as well as for its quad-core MT6589T and MT6582 has led MediaTek's customers to order even more chips to make sure that they are not shut out. Apparently, silicon withdrawal is bad for handset manufacturers' business. According to industry sources, September looks like it will be a record month for MediaTek with revenue poised to hit $14-15 billion NT ($468 million-$502 million). July's near record take was $13.22 billion NT ($440 million USD) which was a 35.5% gain from June and a 43% gain year-over-year. The company is pushing hard to make sure that follow-up orders placed by customers are shipped no later than next month.
Because of the low price of its chips, MediaTek finds itself in such models as the Xiaomi Red Rice. That model is powered by MediaTek's MT6589T and offers quad-core goodness for a price equivalent to $130 USD. But last month MediaTek announced the world's first true octa-core chip, the MT6592. All eight cores can be used at one time without overheating. That compares with the Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core processor that can only use one group of four cores at a time. The MT6592 could give another boost to MediaTek's revenues when mass production begins this November.
1. zoom007 (unregistered)
i dont understand why r they making processors based on cortex a7 till date. Just to keep price down?
10. zoom007 (unregistered)
Yes..I play it
4. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
What's wrong with Cortex-A7s? And yes it is because it's super cheap. Cortex-A9 yields no real advantages (25% at best, and we're talking about A7@1.5~2GHz here). With the same real estate, you can squeeze in octa core A7 rather than quad core A9, guess which one LOOKS prettier?
BTW, with A15/Krait overheating problem, quad core A9@1.6GHz and quad core A7 @2GHz would actually be faster and cooler in real world
7. Shatter (Posts: 2027; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Next year Mediatek will have a quad core a9 variant.
11. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Cortex A7 is a new architecture. It is smaller, faster, and more efficient than A8 and A9 chips, while being just as powerful and cheaper to produce.
5. justsayit (Posts: 210; Member since: 09 May 2013)
hope got a dual-core a15 @1.5GHz and adreno 320 level gpu,720p 4.7screen, great 8mp cam,3000mAh,slim bezel in a smartphone with mid-ranger pricetag 400~550usd
8. Jack58221 (Posts: 124; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
was this an article about a processor company or writing a wishlist to Santa about magical phones?
9. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
At least his specs are pretty reasonable sounding except maybe the battery size.
Unlike someone else around here...
6. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
I think best soc I've ever seen in terms of heating is quad core cortex a9 on galaxy note 2 with some modification and undervolting it will not cross 32.5c°