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MediaTek remains loyal to TSMC, CFO says

Posted: 03 Jun 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MediaTek? TSMC? Samsung? foundry? FinFET?

MediaTek Inc. has revealed that it will continue to use Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) as its foundry for leading edge chips. This answers the question that the world's third-largest chip designer might shift orders to TSMC rival Samsung.

MediaTek will use TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus and 10nm process technology for its next-generation chips, according to MediaTek chief financial officer David Ku. "TSMC's support has been excellent," he said.

David Ku

MediaTek CFO David Ku

TSMC and Samsung have been in a neck-and-neck race to develop leading-edge FinFET process technology at the 16nm and 14nm nodes. TSMC was expected to lose pricing power and customers after Samsung eroded TSMC's "monopoly" at the leading edge earlier this year, according to analysts.

MediaTek would not rule out the possibility of using foundries other than TSMC for advanced products if the scale of production is large, Ku said.

Rumour of 16 Core

MediaTek also dismissed rumours circulating for the investment community and the media that the company is planning to announce a 16 core mobile processor as a follow-up to their Helio X20 announced on May 20.

The tri-cluster configuration of cores that was first used in the Helio X20 will very likely appear in future generations of Helio processors, Ku said, adding that it's unlikely the company will increase the number of cores in the Helio family during the short term.

- Alan Patterson
??EE Times





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