MediaTek could cancel up to 50% of its orders with TSMC to produce the 10nm Helio X30?

MediaTek could cancel up to 50% of its orders with TSMC to produce the 10nm Helio X30?
In the race to provide phone manufacturers with a 10nm SoC chip, MediaTek is neck and neck with Qualcomm. A company road map shows that the firm's first 10nm chipset, the Helio X30, is supposed to rollout from a TSMC foundry sometime this month. By reducing the process size, the chip will produce more power using less energy. The first commercial devices to be sold with the Helio X30 installed should be in stores during the second quarter this year. Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 835 chipset will be employed on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in certain countries starting in the second quarter.                                        

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.

source: Digitimes

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7 Comments

1. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

This chip sounds promising. Companies should try it. I think that the decision of using weaker GPU in a high end Soc is hurting the demand.

2. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Mrdiatek is top notch in CPU performance but their GPU performance is nowhere equal to adreno. Also they lack providing updated drivers for newly release android operating system

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

As far as I know, their GPU is the same one that's in the iPhone 6S. So it's very powerful still.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah it's powerfull... in 2015... and actually X30's GPU is a bit faster than the one inside i6s Apple A9 7XT GT7600 (6 Clusters) 450 MHz Apple A10 7XT GT7600 Plus (6 Clusters) 670 MHz Helio X30 7XT GT7400 Plus (4 Clusters) 820MHz but still not enough to compete with 2017's flagship :D

7. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Just look at the Huawei P9 Mali T880Mp4, Wtf, that's crap junk, vs S7 T880Mp12 .....

3. obedchuni

Posts: 332; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

who would tell Mediatek that More core doesn't mean good performance but they should focus more and GPU rather than CPU

4. raky_b

Posts: 383; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

No support, no orders. Simple as that... MTK had it's chanse when Qualcomm f**ked up with sd810, and they did not grabbed it... Now, the can only be manufacturers for low end SoCs. MT SoC can be sold only in device that is known for not getting any update, like Elephone, Bloobo, cubot, and similar... Best case meizu and xiaomi, wher usesr do get some cosmetic updates, but are stuck on 2-3 years old Android version forever.

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