MediaTek bets big on 5G chip sector

‘VOLATILE PERIOD’: The firm’s chief executive officer warned that this year would be hard for the semiconductor industry, but said its second-quarter outlook is unchanged

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 17, 2019
By: Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

MediaTek Inc (聯發科) plans to mass-produce its first 5G single-chip product in March next year, making the chipmaker one of the world’s leading suppliers of 5G chips.

The company’s new chip, which was unveiled at Computex Taipei late last month, would be the world’s first 5G system-on-chip (SoC) to support sub-6 gigahertz bandwidth, meaning that MediaTek would have a good chance of overtaking Qualcomm Inc, which it lagged behind during the 4G era.

“We plan to test the 5G single chip in the fourth quarter, before starting mass production in March next year,” MediaTek chief executive officer Rick Tsai (蔡力行) told an annual shareholders’ meeting in Hsinchu on Friday.

“We are confident that our 5G single chip is very competitive. We are among the leading group [of 5G technology developers],” Tsai said.    [FULL  STORY]

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