MediaTek Inc posts biggest rise in R&D spending: IC Insight

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Taipei Times
Date: Feb 18, 2017
By: Lisa Wang / Staff reporter

MediaTek Inc (聯發科) posted the biggest annual increase in research and development (R&D) spending among the world’s top 10 semiconductor companies last year, IC Insights reported yesterday.

R&D spending increased 13 percent year-on-year to US$1.73 million last year, accounting for 20.2 percent of MediaTek’s revenue, the report said.

MediaTek, which designs chips for Chinese handset makers that include Huawei Technologies Co (華為) and Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp (歐珀移動), saw its R&D ranking climb by one notch to seventh in the world last year, the report said.

MediaTek has said it plans to invest NT$200 billion (US$6.5 billion) on new technologies such as 5G, automotive electronics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality in the next five years.    [FULL  STORY]

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