MediaTek said to be have a pair of 12nm mid-range chipsets on the way, Helio P40 and Helio P70

MediaTek is pretty much unknown in the U.S. as most of its chips are found inside devices that are made and sold in China. But if current reports are true, Apple is about to give the company a huge shot of publicity, stateside. Thanks to its quarrels with Qualcomm, Apple appears to be ready, willing and able to replace the Snapdragon modems that might have been deployed on the 2018 CDMA flavored iPhone units, with MediaTek’s version of the broadband chip.

MediaTek is also believed to be working on a couple of mid-range chipsets, the Helio P40 and Helio P70. If the rumors are legit, both …

Apple's iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus may hit gigabit LTE with MediaTek and Intel inside

Apple may be switching to MediaTek as an extra wireless modem supplier indeed, to fill the hole in its soul left by the patent battle with Qualcomm. It is already using inferior Intel modems for most of its 2018 iPhones on GSM carriers, but, unfortunately (for Apple, that is), it has to use Qualcomm on CDMA ones like Verizon or Sprint in the US, and it’s exactly the those licensing and royalties fees that it is trying to escape from.

That may all come to an end next year, when sources say that Intel will be supplying the vast majority of iPhone modems with its new gigabit LTE creation, …

MediaTek to provide approved Android builds and Google Mobile Services to smartphone makers

It looks like MediaTek is under the radar from multiple giants of the smartphone industry. After Apple showed interest in its modem chips, Google allowed the Taiwanese company to offer pre-tested, pre-certified, and fully compliant builds of Android and Google Mobile Services (GMS) to smartphone makers.

MediaTek announced that it’s the first SoC (system-on-chip) manufacturer that becomes a partner for GMS Express, a special program that’s meant to offer device makers approved Android software solutions such Google Mobile Services and Google Compatibility Test Suite …

Apple, looking ahead to life without Qualcomm, designs 2018 models for Intel and MediaTek modem chips

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple over patent royalties, which led Qualcomm to seek an injunction banning iPhone sales in China, may end up permanently damaging the San Diego based chip designer. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is designing its 2018 iPhone and iPad models to work with modem chips supplied by Intel and MediaTek. Apple will apparently not use Qualcomm’s modem chips for its 2018 mobile devices even though Qualcomm says that the “modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple.”

Apple has always …

MediaTek announces new Helio P23 and P30 chipsets with dual VoLTE support

As expected, chipset maker MediaTek unveiled its new lineup of SoCs, which will be available starting Q4 2017: Helio P23 and Helio P30. Although both will be certified for global use, the Helio P30 SoC will be limited to China initially.

Both SoCs feature octa-core Cortex-A53 processor architecture, which might seem a bit obsolete even for mid-range chipsets. Even though they are iterations of the Helio P20 and P25 CPUs, the upgrade consists of new features and better IP blocks rather than just small speed bumps.

For example, both Helio P23 and P30 octa-core …

Both Meizu Pro 7 series smartphones will use MediaTek chipsets

Meizu is expected to unveil its Pro 7 series on July 26, but we already know quite a lot about the smartphones. Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus are likely to remain China-exclusive, but many local retailers will provide international shipping for those who want to import them.

While Meizu prepares for the July 26 announcement, let’s take a look at some of the latest information about the Pro 7 series. Although previous reports claimed the Pro 7 Plus will utilize Samsung’s powerful Exynos 8895 chip, a more recent report coming from Taiwan’s TechNews says otherwise.

The soon to be unveiled …

Leaked Meizu PRO 7 source code points to MediaTek Helio X30 chip and two Sony cameras on back

Meizu PRO 7 leaks have been fairly prominent this year, which gives us little doubt that the phone is being primed for a launch sometime soon. The latest piece of info-in-advance comes from peeking into source code files related to the smartphone. It was discovered that the PRO 7 will be powered by the MediaTek Helio X30 processor, to the detriment of anyone expecting a Qualcomm chip to run the house.

Then again, Meizu and Big Q have poor relations, while Samsung is unable to sell Exynos chips to interested customers due to a clause. So we’re betting …

MediaTek and TSMC trialing new 7nm smartphone processor with mad CPU core count

Sources close to the matters at hand report that Taiwanese silicon slinger TSMC will start trial production of a 12-CPU core chipset from MediaTek on a cutting-edge 7nm production process. The latter means that the new processor is expected to be faster and more power-efficient than 10nm chips before it – and here’s why.
As for the nutsy number of CPU cores, 12 actually sounds like a logical upgrade from the 10-CPU core architecture that MediaTek pioneered with the Helio X20 and X25 chipsets from 2015. Despite this, such a number probably …

Dual Camera Maker Corephotonics Receives $15 Million Investment From Samsung

Israeli firm Corephotonics, specialised in making dual camera setups for smartphones, has managed to raise a whopping $15 million in a funding round. The biggest investors in the company include Foxconn, Samsung, and MediaTek. The investment is significant as it indicates the importance being placed on dual camera setups, seen in such smartphones as the iPhone 7 Plus and the Huawei Mate 9.


According to Israeli publication Globes, the company says it will use the fresh investment along with current cash to develop next generation smartphone cameras, apart from increasing the penetration of existing products. Th funding will supposedly also help the company make its foray into the automotive, drone, surveillance, and action camera markets.

The company, which currently has 50 employees, will reportedly also recruit “dozens of engineers” for its Tel Aviv headquarters, apart from support and integration engineers in China and South Korea. It will also look to acquire complementary companies that work on the same imaging technologies.

This brings the total funds raised by the company to $50 million. Investors in the company also include, Magma VC, Amiti Ventures, Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing and Solina Chau’s Horizon Ventures, OurCrowd, SanDisk, Chinese telephony services provider CK Telecom, and other private investors.

Corephotonics was founded in 2012 by electro-optics professor at Tel Aviv University David Mendlovic, imaging expert Gal Shabtay and entrepreneur Eran Kali. The company specialises in dual camera technology, inevitably bringing features that are found on professional cameras, to portable smartphones. Alongside the launch of the iPhone 7 Plus last year – an unveiling by a major manufacturer that truly heralded the birth of dual camera setups – Kali said that Corephotonics is “the inventor of the computational dual camera for smartphones,” a concept derived from its own IPs. It will be interesting to see how this technology is taken forward.