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Huawei Considers Using MediaTek Handset Chips

Sina Tech, 12/08/11

Chen Xianglin, VP of Chinese telecom equipment and terminal manufacturer Huawei's wireless terminal division, recently disclosed that Huawei is considering using handset chips from Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek (MTK).

Huawei currently uses Qualcomm chips in most of its 3G handsets and Texas Instruments chips in its 2G feature phones. MediaTek is not currently one of its suppliers.

MediaTek has announced it will begin mass production of its MT6575 1 GHz smartphone chipset in Q1 2012, which closely resembles the MSM7227A and MSM7225A released by Qualcomm in Q4 2011. The MT6575 is considered MediaTek's best opportunity yet to enter Huawei's supply chain.

This year MediaTek released its first smartphone chip, the MT6573, which is used in handsets manufactured by Lenovo (0992.HK), ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), China Wireless Technologies' (2369.HK) subsidiary Yulong (Coolpad), Oppo, and other handset vendors, with monthly shipments exceeding 1 mln units as of Q4 2011.

Keywords: Chen Xianglin Qualcomm 7227A Qualcomm 7225A sales volume handset smartphone semiconductor wireless Huawei Qualcomm Texas Instruments 3G MediaTek handset chip feature phone MediaTek 6573 MediaTek 6575


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