Mediatek seems to be gaining more ground and expanding its market after the ban on Huawei’s SoCs. Samsung’s Exynos lagging behind in development has also furthered its cause in 2020. The company’s Dimensity lineup of SoCs have become an instant hit in China. Moreover, the development for the next Dimensity is already underway. Latest reports say that the company will launch the Dimensity 2000 SoC as early as Q2 next year.
Reports indicate that Mediatek will launch the next wave of Dimensity 5G SoCs in the second quarter of next year. That falls somewhere between April and June of 2021. This makes sense as the current flagship Dimensity 1000+ debuted a few months back in May. Moreover, we haven’t seen the flagship SoC in many flagships yet. Furthermore, as stated above, the chip could be named as the Dimensity 2000 5G SoC.
5nm and Improved Architecture
These recent events have made the company to emphasize a lot on 5G technology. Subsequently, its 4G SoC orders have runout dry and will only be fulfilled by early 2021.
Coming back to the Dimensity 2000 5G SoC, reports say that it could adopt the 5nm process which is a bump up from the 7nm processes of the current flagships. Regarding the performance cores, the current Dimensity 1000 series is limited to ARM Cortex A77 cores clocked at 2.6GHz while the Qualcomm’s counterpart has custom Kryo cores with a max clock speed of 3.1GHz.
Rivalling Qualcomm and procuring Huawei’s orders in 2021
Hence, we can expect Mediatek to adopt ARM’s latest A78 cores and upgrade the Mali GPU as well. This can put Mediatek in close contention to Qualcomm in 2021.
Qualcomm has been struggling to get better yields from Samsung’s 5nm EUV process ever since the company secured its orders for the Snapdragon 875 5G SoC and this could push its initially planned Q1 2020 launch further.
However, MediaTek, on the other hand, has got a heap of benefits. With the US government banning TSMC’s supplies to Huawei’s Kirin SoC post-September this year, it looks like MediaTek is set to grow. It is already reported that Mediatek might gain a lot of ground with this as the TSMC’s 5nm orders and factories dedicated for Huawei can be diverted to Mediatek.
Further, Huawei after being left out by TSMC, could resort to Mediatek and power its 2021 devices with Dimensity SoCs as well. All in all, it finally seems like Qualcomm finally has a potential competitor to deal with, in 2020.