Taiwanese chip maker, MediaTek, is working hard on multiple chips. The company hopes to give Qualcomm a good run for its money. However, it needs high-performing chips to do this. According to a recent report, a new MediaTek 6nm chip is in the works. The report from @DigitalChatStation claims that this chip will use Cortex-A78 core and the frequency will hit up to 3.2GHz.
According to MediaTek’s CEO, the company’s latest 5G flagship chip will officially arrive in the first quarter of next year. The company hopes to launch this new chip before the Chinese New Year. MediaTek’s new 5G chips to launch next year will probably use TSMC’s 5nm or 6nm process.
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Other reports claim that MediaTek has two 5nm/6nm chips to launch soon. Speculations show that one of these chips (MT6893) is a 6nm process device that adopts the ARM Cortex-A78 core design. The main core has a maximum frequency of 3.0GHz. This is about the same as the current 7nm process. Nevertheless, it will improve on the A77 core on the Dimensity 1000+.
It is worth mentioning that because TSMC’s advanced process production capacity is very tight, especially the 5nm process, almost all related production capacity has been underwritten by Apple in the near future. Therefore, when MediaTek can receive TSMC’s 5nm process support in the future, it will affect the supply of subsequent chips.
MediaTek will release a flagship 5G chip in Q1 2021
According to a report from China’s Taiwan Economic Daily, MediaTek’s CEO revealed for the first time yesterday that their latest 5G flagship chip will be released in the first quarter of next year. They hope the chip to come before the Chinese New Year. Recently, Qualcomm released its annual 5G flagship chip ‘Snapdragon 888’. In this regard, Cai Lixing said that MediaTek will also launch new products later, officially igniting the first wave of war in the field of mobile chips in 2021.
According to Taiwan media, the industry experts believe that the various 5G chips that MediaTek will launch next year should be produced using TSMC’s 5nm or 6nm process. Cai Lixing also said that the global 5G smartphone penetration rate is expected to reach 18% this year, with a chance to further increase to 49% in 2022, and to nearly 60% in 2023. Whether MediaTek will be able to compete effectively with Qualcomm remains to be seen.