Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek announced that its flagship 5G chipset, based on Taiwan Semiconductor Company’s (TSMC) 4nm process technology, will be available by the end of the year.According to Bryan Ma, vice president of client devices at International Data Corporation (IDC), China could be the chipset’s “primary target.”He stated that the chipset will be “going after” the flagship smartphone segment, which is priced at more than 4000 Yuan, or approximately Rs. 40,000.Oh, and it isn’t just the domestic market; those Chinese OEMs will also export to other markets,” Ma added in his tweets.
According to the information, MediaTek is on track to be the first chipmaker to release a chipset based on 4nm technology.Qualcomm, Apple, and Samsung’s current flagship processors are all built on 5nm technology.
Moving forward with a smaller die size could provide MediaTek with the competitive advantage it has been seeking for a long time.It’s also a departure from previous reports, which stated that the company would begin mass production of its 4nm chipsets by the end of 2021.
Performance in mobile chipsets, also known as system-on-chips (SoCs), is typically determined by advancements in process technology.While the industry no longer strictly adheres to Moore’s Law, which states that the power and efficiency of a chip will roughly double as its size decreases, it remains an important aspect of the industry’s progress.
By releasing 4nm chips ahead of the competition, MediaTek may be able to persuade smartphone makers to choose its devices over Qualcomm’s, which has a stranglehold on the market.To be fair, the company currently has a large market share, but its chips aren’t seen as the chipset of choice for the most powerful phones on the market.
Qualcomm Snapdragon chips are used in flagship-class devices by companies such as Samsung, Xiaomi, and many others.They are all expected to transition to 4nm chips next year, and MediaTek could gain some market share by being the first to do so.
Apple is also expected to include 4nm chips in its iPhones next year, but the company designs its own chips, which are typically manufactured by TSMC and Samsung.