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|Type||Public (TWSE: 2454)|
|Founded||May 28, 1997|
|Key people||Ming-Kai Tsai
(Chairman & CEO)
|Revenue||US$3.36 billion (2012)|
|Net income||US$529 million (2012)|
MediaTek Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company that provides system-on-chip solutions for smartphones, tablets, optical drives, digital televisions, set-top boxes, GPS units, Wi-Fi routers and Bluetooth devices. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, the company has 25 offices worldwide and is one of the top 25 semiconductor suppliers globally by sales volume.
Since its founding in 1997, MediaTek has democratized the global market for smartphones, among other products, through the creation of turnkey chipset solutions. The solutions comprise comprehensive software and hardware components designed to enable equipment makers to focus less on engineering and more on establishing brand identity and recognition. MediaTek also provides its customers with reference designs and directions on how to implement its solutions.
- 1 Corporate history
- 2 Acquisitions
- 3 Innovations
- 4 Product categories
- 5 Product list
- 6 Controversies
- 7 References
- 8 External links
MediaTek was originally a unit of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) tasked with designing chipsets for home entertainment products. On May 28, 1997, the unit was spun off and incorporated. MediaTek Inc. was listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSEC) under the "2454" code on July 23, 2001.
During its early years, the company primarily designed chipsets for optical drives and digital TVs. By early 2000, MediaTek was among the world's largest suppliers for both these products. In 2004, the company launched a new division to design solutions for mobile devices. Seven years later, it was taking orders for more than 500 million mobile system-on-chip units per annum, which included solutions for both feature phones and smart devices.
On April 11, 2012, MediaTek acquired Coresonic, a global producer of digital signal processing solutions based in Linköping, Sweden. Coresonic is now a wholly owned subsidiary of MediaTek in Europe.
On June 22, MediaTek announced that it would acquire rival chipset designer MStar. The initial phase of the deal will see MediaTek taking a 48 percent stake, with an option to purchase the remaining stake at a later date.
With the release of its MT8135 system-on-chip (SoC) for tablets in July, 2013, MediaTek became the world’s first company to commercially supply ARM big.LITTLE chipsets with heterogeneous multi-processing capabilities. By concurrently allocating tasks to individual CPU cores, the MT8135 offered significant power saving advantages over competing mobile device solutions at the time.
In July, 2013, MediaTek became the first system-on-chip (SoC) supplier to announce the development of an octa-core mobile device SoC capable of processing tasks with eight CPU cores concurrently, a solution the company refers to as "True Octa-Core".
On November 20, 2013 in a press event held in Beijing, China MediaTek officially pulled the wraps off the MT6592 SoC. It's a 'true octa core' chip with eight ARM Cortex A7 application processor clocked at 1.7-2.0 GHz and Mali 450-MP GPU clocked at 700 MHz. There is no on-board LTE radio but the inclusion of NFC radio makes it more compact as compared to all previous versions. It also supports Ultra-HD or 4k video playback.
MediaTek delivers solutions across the IT, consumer electronics and mobile communications fields. Its chipsets are divided into the following product categories:
- Radio-frequency transceivers
- Digital Consumer DVD
- Digital TVs
- PC optical storage drives
Smartphone and modem processors
|Model Number||CPU instruction set||Semiconductor
|CPU||CPU cache||GPU||Memory technology||Wireless radio technologies||Released|
|MT6235||ARM9||Up to 208 MHz||No GPU||No smartphone SoC|
|MT6516||ARM9 (ARMv5)||416 MHz||No GPU||Not 3G compatible||2009|
|MT6513||ARM11 (ARMv6)||65 nm||650 MHz||PowerVR SGX531||Not 3G compatible (MT6573 without 3G)|
|MT6573||ARM11 (ARMv6)||65 nm||650 MHz||PowerVR SGX531||3G, HSPA||2010|
|MT6515||Cortex A9 (ARMv7)||40 nm||1.0 GHz||PowerVR SGX531||Not 3G compatible (MT6575 without 3G)||2012|
|MT6575||Cortex-A9 (ARMv7), 512 KB L2 cache||40 nm||1.0 GHz||PowerVR SGX531 @522 MHz||3G, HSPA||2011|
|MT6575M||Cortex-A9 (ARMv7), 256 KB L2 cache||65 nm||1.0 GHz||PowerVR SGX531 @281 MHz||3G, HSPA||2012|
|MT6577||Cortex-A9 (ARMv7)||40 nm||1.0 GHz dual-core||PowerVR SGX531||3G, HSPA, HSPA+||2012|
|MT6577T||Cortex A9 (ARMv7)||40 nm||1.2 GHz dual-core||PowerVR SGX531||3G, HSPA, HSPA+|
|MT6517||Cortex A9 (ARMv7)||40 nm||1.0 GHz dual-core||PowerVR SGX531||Not 3G compatible (MT6577 without 3G)||2012|
|MT6517T||Cortex A9 (ARMv7)||40 nm||1.2 GHz dual-core||PowerVR SGX531||Not 3G compatible (MT6577T without 3G)|
|Model number||CPU instruction set||Semiconductor
|CPU||CPU cache||GPU||Memory technology||Wireless radio technologies||Released|
|MT6589[a]||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||28 nm||1.2 GHz quad-core||PowerVR SGX544 @ 286 MHz||3G, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA||2013 Mar|
|MT6589M||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||28 nm||1.2 GHz quad-core||PowerVR SGX544 @ 156 MHz||3G, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA||2013 Jul|
|MT6589T||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||28 nm||1.5 GHz quad-core||32 KB L1 - 1 MB L2||PowerVR SGX544 @ 357 MHz||LPDDRI/LPDDR2||3G, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA||2013 Jul|
|MT6290[b]||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||1.3 GHz+ quad-core||No GPU||Multi-mode TD-LTE/FDD-LTE/WCDMA/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA/GSM/EDGE, Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth, GPS||2014 Q1|
|MT6572||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||28 nm||1.2 GHz dual-core||32 KB 32 KB L1 256 KB L2||Mali-400 MP1 @ 500 MHz||LPDDR2 266 MHz||Multi-mode Rel. 8 HSPA+/TD-SCDMA, Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth, GPS||2013 Jun|
|MT6582||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||28 nm||1.3 GHz quad-core||32 KB 32 KB L1 512 KB L2||Mali-400 MP2 @ 500 MHz||LPDDR2 533 MHz||R8 HSPA+/TD-SCDMA, Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth, GPS||2013 Q3|
|MT6588||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||28 nm HPM||1.7 GHz quad-core||32 KB 32 KB L1 512 KB L2||Mali-450 MP4 @ 600 MHz||LPDDR2 533 MHz LPDDR3 666 MHz||R8 HSPA+/TD-SCDMA, Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth, GPS||2013 Q4|
|MT6592||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||28 nm HPM||1.7 GHz octa-core||32 KB 32 KB L1 1 MB L2||Mali-450 MP4 @ 700 MHz||LPDDR2 533 MHz LPDDR3 666 MHz||R8 HSPA+/TD-SCDMA, LTE, Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC ||2013 Q4|
- previously known as MT6588
- limited production for phone development
Standalone application processors
|Model Number||CPU instruction set||CPU||CPU cache||GPU||Memory technology||Wireless radio technologies|
|MT8312||Cortex-A7 (ARMv7)||1.3 GHz dual-core||Mali-400 @ 500 MHz|
|MT8317||Cortex-A9 (ARMv7)||1.0 GHz dual-core||PowerVR SGX 531|
|MT8317T||Cortex-A9 (ARMv7)||1.2 GHz dual-core||PowerVR SGX 531|
|MT8125 / 8389||Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||1.5 GHz quad-core||PowerVR SGX 544 @ 300 MHz|
|MT8135||Cortex A15 (ARMv7), Cortex A7 (ARMv7)||1 GHz+ 2x dual-core||PowerVR G 6200|||
Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) modules.
- MT6628 (GPS)
- MT6620 (GPS)
- MT3339 (2011) (GPS, QZSS, SBAS)
- MT3337 (GPS)
- MT3336 (GPS)
- MT3333/MT3332 (2013) is the world’s first five-in-one multi-GNSS that supports the Beidou navigation satellite system.
- MT3329 (GPS)
- MT3328 (GPS)
- MT3318 (GPS)
- RT3883 includes a MIPS 74KEc CPU and a IEEE 802.11n-conformant WNIC.
- RT6856 includes a MIPS 34KEc CPU and a IEEE 802.11ac-conformant WNIC.
Closed nature of system-on-chip solutions
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- Press release from 28 January, 2013
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