MediaTek likely to beat Qualcomm and become the largest handset chip vendor
The MT6592 is the much anticipated octa-core chip by MediaTek that scores almost as much as the Snapdragon 800 on synthetic benchmarks, but at a lower price making it very luring for manufacturers.
This however does not mean that you know much about MediaTek. The average user in the United States and Europe might have heard about Snapdragon but there’s little chance the same user knows about MediaTek. The reason lies in the fact that most of the smartphones with its chips are sold in China and other developing markets.
MediaTek is a fabless chip maker based in Taiwan with a quarterly revenue of around a billion dollars. While it is likely to soon beat Qualcomm in terms of shipments volumes, it still has six times less than Qualcomm’s revenue.
1. darkskoliro (Posts: 1052; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Awesome, new chipset competitor!
Keen to see what this underdog has to offer once the RnD is underway ;)
3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
MediaTek has been doing an okay job on the Chinese tablet and smartphone front, but this is their chance to break away. Much depends on the GPU though, based on benchmarks I'd say they are licencing the Mali T624, which is about or a little better than the Adreno 320. The MediaTek Octa will be real big.LITTLE too with proper core migration and ability to use all 8 or any A15-A7 combination. End of the year looks very exciting!
6. tech2 (Posts: 2897; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Would've been nice if they could chuck in Mali T628 as well, like the Exynos Octa 5420. To actually see the true big.LITTLe core migration in a device this year will be pretty awesome too !
7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
They still may include the 6-core T628, but for price reasons the T624 seems more realistic. At 4 cores it's only 33% off the T628, and that is expected to beat the Adreno 330. These are very powerful mobile GPUs, more than enough for top gaming until 2015.
8. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
What what what again sherlock? Mediatek wont use big.little architecture for the fact that theyve gone on true octocore approach. They'rE using a rogue gpu for this one and not mali gpus.
9. Victor.H (Posts: 522; Member since: 27 May 2011)
The MediaTek octa-core MT6592 will have 8 Cortex A7s and no A15s so it's not really big.LITTLE.
11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
My bad, probably mixed up with Huawei's solution. Still, performance-wise MediaTek is on the right track.
21. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1304; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I don´t agree with that... 8 A7 cores will have a really pitiful single thread performance. So the chip will only be good for scoring high on benchmarks, but it will be awful in day to day usage.
I really hope some of the people doing benchmarking will start measing both:
1) Multithreaded performance
2) Single thread performance.
Think that there are LOADS of apps not (well) optimized to run on multiple cores.
And don´t get me started with the really PITIFUL GPUs Mediatek has been using till now...
20. thunderising (Posts: 230; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
They have licensed the PowerVR SGX6XX Rogue GPU
MediaTek have hired the BIG GUNS
19. Jack58221 (Posts: 143; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
it's new as in my grandpa didn't see any Mediatech devices growing up... I don't think.. actually maybe I should double check that with him.
2. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
You dont really have to be the biggest to be successful. Qualcomm is doing just fine. Mediatek is doing so well because all the China phones and also counterfeit products run Mediatek processors.
5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Who cares about Qualcomm's success, you get similar performance for much lower price, that's what I care for.
4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3427; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Thanks to Chinese, Indian and some other Asian countries' phone manufacturers for making this chip #1.
10. Royns (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
I SuppOrt mEdiatek ... because of them many brands today are able to provide phones in a lower price with quadcore chipset.... FTW..
12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 463; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
This could be the first REAL octacore that runs all 8 A7 cores for mobile!
13. aryanfr1 (Posts: 109; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
If Mediatek could incorporate it with Octa-core GPU? not only the results but performance will be staggering, keeping in mind that it has all A7 not A15 architecture which is not power hungry
14. Sondae (Posts: 219; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
Mediatek offers a low cost that qualcomm cant. If qualcomm lower the price they will put a good fight.
16. ajac09 (Posts: 1417; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
and Nvidia to. They are hurting bad due to cost of there ARM
17. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
Micromax uses this chip. Nice one though. If they can deliver more power at more cheaper rate they will soon gobble others.
22. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Mediatek knows how to squeeze the power out of a chip, they are hitting 15ks with a7 quad cores I bet they could do 22-25k with their quad core a9s next year.
They do need to work on getting better gpus.
23. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Rockchip already produces a Quadcore 1.6ghz chip at 28nm that scores on par with last years Exynos Quad. All Winner has an A7 Quad with a PowerVR Gpu that easily trounces in any of last years GPU offerings outside of the Adreno 320. They arent as good as today's SoC selection; but they are as good as those of 6 months ago, and for a fraction of the price.
24. taikucing (unregistered)
I hate Mediatek for its GPS weakness. There are other infamous CPU manufacturers who produce cheap CPU like mediatek (ex: All Winner).
Please don't use Mediatek, its GPS is crap & not functional. One of many reasons that makes mediatek CPUs are cheap is the absence of some sensors like compass.