MediaTek wants to invade the U.S. and take on Qualcomm

MediaTek wants to invade the U.S. and take on Qualcomm
MediaTek, manufacturer of the chipsets found in many Chinese made low-end and mid-range smartphones, has been stepping it up in order to compete with global leader Qualcomm. Looking to move out of the Asian region, the company added an LTE modem to its chips and is looking to do business with U.S. smartphone manufacturers.

MediaTek has taken a foothold in the states by opening an office in San Diego. Surely no coincidence, that is where rival Qualcomm resides. Among U.S. carriers, only T-Mobile has certified the company's products and MediaTek chips currently power devices sold by the carrier including the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce, the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve, and the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2.

When it comes to market share, MediaTek trails just Qualcomm, although there is a wide gap between the two. Signing with some U.S. smartphone manufacturers would go a long way toward closing the gap. As company president Ching-Jiang Hsieh said during CES, "If you intend to be the most global [player] in the mobile business you should be selling a chip in North America."

With U.S. carriers pushing their monthly installment plans for new phones, which are based on the full retail price of the devices, MediaTek sees U.S. consumers looking for lower priced handsets. Even so, the company is going to have a hard time taking business from Qualcomm whose chips already power low priced models like the Motorola Moto G and the Microsoft Lumia 535. Outside of readers to websites like PhoneArena, MediaTek is not known in the states. Qualcomm, on the other hand, has naming rights for the stadium where the San Diego Chargers play.

Gartner research director Jon Erensen says that the U.S. represents a great opportunity for MediaTek, but just as Intel has discovered, displacing Qualcomm is going to be a tough chore. There are rumors that Intel is looking at an acquisition of MediaTek which currently has a $28 billion value on the Taiwan stock exchange.

source: CNET

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24 Comments

1. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Lol, " I prefer meditek over snapdragon" said NO ONE.... EVER

10. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

well maybe in the future they will(once snapdragons burn your hand ;) )

17. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Maybe shut up

20. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

faggot :D

22. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Cum guzzler

21. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Suck a fat one

23. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Now that I agree with, hopefully they figured that flaw

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

as long as Meditek chip perform and work well, I don't mind and welcome the invade.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Competition is always good for the consumer. That would be great if MediaTek made a powerful SOC. Their CPU's are good, they just need to work on the GPU.

12. macawmatt

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Anyone remember the price of Intel chips before AMD came around? Competition is good for the end user.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Unfortunately AMD has fallen so far behind they aren't even competing with Intel any more But they have a new high end chip finally coming in 2016 Hopefully that one doesn't disappoint like Bulldozer On the other hand, AMD is doing great against Nvidia, causing GPU prices to fall quite dramatically

24. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I would really like to see what AMD could bring to the mobile game.

4. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Competition is good. It may be a while before MediaTek can seriously challenge Qualcomm, but just the fact that they are committed to trying should ignite a fire under Qualcomm's ass to NOT let that happen,thus leading to better products for us. Let's be honest, without competition, innovation stagnates.

5. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Qualcomm always does it right So , impossible to be invaded!

8. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Qualcomm always does it right? What's up with the SD 810 and the overheating issue?

16. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

yahia_malka has no answer for your question. He is stupid.

18. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You forgot 615 and 415 got fired.

6. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

I think MediaTek has a better chance than TI/LG/SAMSUNG/INTEL/NVIDIA combined in challenging Qualcomm.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

All they need is to beef up their chipset in regards to graphics.

11. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

if they would simply make a 64bit soc with the latest mali gpu (more then 300gflops ;) ) then it would make a huge difference

9. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Would be nice if they did. Just wish that a company like Blu, which already uses MediaTek processors, would make some phones with their LTE compatible chips.

14. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

"MediaTek wants to invade the U.S. and take on Qualcomm" Goodluck with that, MediaTek and your sub-par GPUs.

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

They will indeed have a fight on their hands, but I wish them well. As others here have said, competition is better for consumers AND innovation...

19. NihonDaisuki unregistered

media tech is and I challenge the Sand What say do it Oh pee tech is? (Laughs) Liver (laughter) U~eu~e (vomiting)

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