By: Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang
Taipei, June 29 (CNA) MediaTek Inc., a smartphone chip designer from Taiwan, was the fourth largest integrated circuit designer worldwide in the first quarter of this year, as the company saw its revenue rise slightly from a year earlier, according to the Taipei-based Topology Research Institute.
In addition, Taiwan-based driver IC designer Novatek Microelectronics Corp. and communication network IC designer Realtek Semiconductor Corp. also made the top 10 list, at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, Topology said.
According to a research paper released by Topology, part of the market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp., MediaTek posted US$1.71 billion in sales for the January-March period, up 1.0 percent from a year earlier, making it the fourth largest IC designer in the world.
MediaTek was the only top 5 IC designer to report a year-on-year increase in revenue in the first quarter, at a time when the global semiconductor industry has been impacted by escalating trade friction between Washington and Beijing, which slowed down demand from China, Topology said.