Don't expect MediaTek to release chips that support Windows Phone in 2014

Don't expect MediaTek to release chips that support Windows Phone in 2014
With its focus on 4G chipsets for the booming Chinese 4G market, and on 3G chips for Chinese manufacturers exporting their wares, MediaTek doesn't have the time to start focusing on Windows Phone this year. Additionally, the company is expected to start shipping a pair of 64-bit CPUs during the third quarter. In other words, the company's plate is already full.

With an R&D department that is manned by 10,000 workers, the lack of a Windows Phone product isn't due to MediaTek's inability to produce such a product. Instead, the company is providing solutions for areas where business is red hot. Right now, that means it is working on 4G chipsets featuring both quad-core and octa-core technology.

This is the opposite approach to the one being taken by Qualcomm. The latter is building Qualcomm Reference Design handsets for Windows Phone. The first smartphones to be built based on the reference design will be launched in the second half of this year.

source DigiTimes

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10 Comments

1. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

bleh, mediatek chips are rubbish anyway, their support even on android for driver source updates (to match newer android versions) is lacklustre so who would actually want their chips in their phone?

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its kind of wrong when the article starts off don't expect mediatek to support WP in 2014. Last time we all heard windows phone is closed source. So the only one that could ever add support to WP for mediatek chips is Microsoft only, and no body else. Granted mediatek is poor for open sourcing some of the kernel drivers for the Android Linux kernel. But news recently stated that they are releasing the code to those drivers. Once that is done, then any and all OS's can be supported. Also some of their newer 64bit 2ghz octa core CPUs have impressive benchmarks.

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

MediaTek support isn't required for WP as yet. The Snapdragon 200 is quite cheap enough and can be used to power low end WPs.

3. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I hate mediatek CPU because of many problems. Not optimized power usage, unfunctional GPS, no updates.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Probably the only thing I like about WP is only support for quality Snapdragon Kraits. Who wants Mediatek crap anyway LOL.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

hell has frozen over i agree w u

5. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

like 1 billion people in asia making your statement meaningless. That makes Mediatek Winning

6. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

did any body notice PA took down thier post on LG 3. the picures were the same of advertising but had different info. Wierd

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

MEDIATEK can't run Windows platform simple as that

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I wouldnt say that. MS just uses Qualcomm exclusively right now. Mediatek is used in some Android phones. If Android runs as bad vs WP as some of you say....Mediatek should have no problems with WP.

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