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MediaTek 8-core chip to power ZTE smartphone

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:8-core processor? WCDMA? TD-SCDMA? 3G? 4G LTE?

According to reports circulating in Taiwan, local fabless company MediaTek is developing an ARM-based 8-core processor designed for use in a yet-to-be released 'Apache' smartphone by Chinese telecom firm ZTE.

Sources say that MediaTek beat out Qualcomm and Nvidia for the design win with ZTE. The Apache smartphone will feature a 1080p display and a 13 megapixel camera.

MediaTek's MT6599 will reportedly be manufactured using TSMC's 28nm process and is expected to be the first low-cost chip easily available to Chinese OEM's which offers support for both 3G C WCDMA and TD-SCDMA C and 4G LTE communications. Samples are scheduled for release by May 2013.

DRAMeXchange reported just last month that decreasing component cost has allowed many mobile phone makers to develop entry to mid-level smartphones in an effort to increase market share. The research firm estimates Chinese smartphone shipments will exceed 200 million units in 2012, nearly 30 per cent of the global shipment forecast. Of the Chinese brands, ZTE and Huawei's combined smartphone shipments will reach 65 million units in 2012, accounting for 30 per cent of total shipment volume for Chinese smartphone makers. (See Chinese smartphones to gain over 30% global share in 2013.)

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