Deliveries of MediaTek's 5G SoC are scheduled to begin at the end of the fourth quarter. Above all, he should convince priced, the qualifier for Qualcomm for the middle class is more expensive. The first smartphones with the new combi SoC are expected to be available in early 2020.
Various media reports have revisited MediaTek and the 5G challenge in the market in recent days. Already in May of this year, MediaTek had announced the 5G SoC, which fully integrates the in-house Helio M70 5G modem into the SoC.
MediaTek is cheaper than Qualcomm
It is clear that the new chips of this kind at the beginning quite an expensive affair. MediaTek will be the cheaper alternative to Qualcomm, for example. While the MediaTek 5G SoC is said to be priced at $ 40- $ 50 via supply companies via Weibo, Qualcomm's recently revealed mainstream solution, the SM7250, will cost $ 60- $ 70. For Samsung's Exynos 980 are still no information. Especially for Asian providers of new smartphones, which pay close attention to the cost factor, the difference is not to be despised.
Several smartphones from the beginning of 2020
MediaTek had recently reiterated in a press event in Asia that the originally presented timetable remains, among other things reported Technews.tw, The MT6885 baptized chip is currently in the test phase in various devices installed, MediaTek strives for the first series production from the beginning of 2020 at Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. End of 2019 should begin for the extradition, summarizes, inter alia DigiTimes further Taiwanese media reports together.
TSMC takes over chip production in 7 nm
Once again, the manufacturer of the new chips for MediaTek will be TSMC – further fueling the tense situation in the area of manufacturing in 7 nm small structures. For 5G SoCs will be one of the growth engines for the contract manufacturer, the modern combi chips are dependent on the smallest and most modern methods, since they now accommodate many components, which were sometimes split on two chips, in a package. Space and power saving are high on the agenda, as well as high performance.