MediaTek likely to beat Qualcomm and become the largest handset chip vendor

MediaTek likely to beat Qualcomm and become the largest handset chip vendor
Qualcomm, the biggest mobile chip maker, might soon lose its leading position as an emerging competitor from Taiwanese MediaTek is likely to outgrow it very soon. MediaTek already holds a share of more than 50% in low-end and mid-end devices, and with the upcoming launch of its octa-core chip with built-in 4G LTE support, it is likely to beat Qualcomm in shipment volumes in the high-end market as well.

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. 

source: DigiTimes



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.

23. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

22. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

17. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Micromax uses this chip. Nice one though. If they can deliver more power at more cheaper rate they will soon gobble others.

14. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Mediatek offers a low cost that qualcomm cant. If qualcomm lower the price they will put a good fight.

16. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and Nvidia to. They are hurting bad due to cost of there ARM

13. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 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

12. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

This could be the first REAL octacore that runs all 8 A7 cores for mobile!

10. Royns

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I SuppOrt mEdiatek ... because of them many brands today are able to provide phones in a lower price with quadcore chipset.... FTW..

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Thanks to Chinese, Indian and some other Asian countries' phone manufacturers for making this chip #1.

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Who cares about Qualcomm's success, you get similar performance for much lower price, that's what I care for.

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Awesome, new chipset competitor! Keen to see what this underdog has to offer once the RnD is underway ;)

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: Apr 30, 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: 1112; Member since: May 27, 2011

The MediaTek octa-core MT6592 will have 8 Cortex A7s and no A15s so it's not really big.LITTLE.

11. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

My bad, probably mixed up with Huawei's solution. Still, performance-wise MediaTek is on the right track.

21. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

They have licensed the PowerVR SGX6XX Rogue GPU MediaTek have hired the BIG GUNS

15. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

new? They are not new lol

19. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

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