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Apple Is Not Committed to Using MediaTek LTE Modems for iPhones This Soon – Qualcomm to Retain Partner Relevance for the Future

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Jul 2, 2018
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In a bid to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, Apple is considering other alternatives. Supply chain sources from Taiwan have alleged that the California-based giant is thinking about buying chips from MediaTek, however, it remains to be seen if the Taiwan chip manufacturer will end up being featured in the next-generation iPhones.

Apple Will Agree to Bring MediaTek Onboard if the Two Can Agree on Future Development, as Well as the Latter’s Improved Future Strategy

Sources also claimed that Apple will make the final decision after the two companies have agreed on certain aspects such as technology development, product roadmap, and collaborative efforts.

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Bloomberg has also reported that Apple might procure modems from MediaTek, instead of Qualcomm. The report made these speculations on the basis of comments made by Northland Capital Markets analyst Gus Richard. Earlier, MediaTek unveiled Helio M70, the manufacturer’s first ever 5G modem chipset, at Computex Taipei this year. The company claims that its 5G modem is being made on the 3GPP standards and that cheaper devices will eventually gain 5G connectivity in the future.

This modem can transmit data at speeds up to 5Gbps and made under TSMC’s 7nm node, it is bound to make the chip more power efficient. The 5G modem was released by MediaTek six months before intended, which shows how eager the company is to make a mark in the 5G market. This dedication could also serve as an example for its future client Apple that the company is willing to make the necessary effort to partner with the tech giant for future components.

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Sources have also claimed that MediaTek, which already makes mobile devices, smart home devices, and IoT chipsets, plans to launch an independent ASIC business unit to make customized chips for clients.

However, Apple May Tap MediaTek for Customized Wi-Fi Chip Orders for Future HomePod Units

DigiTimes also reported that before finalizing the 5G modem deal with Apple, MediaTek may get customized Wi-Fi chip orders for Apple HomePod devices, meaning that all is not lost with the Taiwanese fabless semiconductor manufacturer. Do you think Apple will consider bringing MediaTek to the fold in a bid to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm? Tell us down in the comments.

Source: DigiTimes

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