MediaTek could cancel up to 50% of its orders with TSMC to produce the 10nm Helio X30?
MediaTek is a fabless chip supplier which means that its designs are built at a third party foundry. There is speculation that MediaTek will cancel orders for the Helio X30 placed with TSMC, by 50% due to lack of demand. While Meizu and LeEco had both agreed to produce a handset that would run using the Helio X30, LeEco had to bow out due to financial problems. And Xiaomi has begged off of a deal it had with MediaTek to build a custom 10nm Helio X30 chipset for its phones.
MediaTek is still waiting to hear from Oppo and Vivo, which together could ship as many as 220 million smartphone units in 2017. Neither manufacturer has announced whether it would support the Helio X30 in a new smartphone this year.
The chip features a deca-core CPU. The most powerful tasks are assigned to a pair of Cortex-A73 cores running at a clock speed of 2.8GHz. Four Cortex-A53 cores with a 2.2GHz clock speed handle middle of the road chores. Four Cortex-A35 cores take care of the light housekeeping at speeds up to 2GHz. The chip supports up to 8GB of RAM and features a quad-core Power VR GPU.