Over the past year, the Mediatek company has been gaining ground in the smartphone chip market. And currently, the Taiwanese company is the leader.
According to a study by Counterpoint Research, in the second quarter of 2021, Mediatek captured a record market share of 43%. Also according to this study, this growth of Mediatek has been propelled by the affordable and mid-range smartphone market.
And today, Mediatek is tackling another segment: the high-end smartphone chip market. In fact, Mediatek already offered chips for premium products. However, the company’s chips have always been seen as a second choice, after Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series 8 chips.
But in 2022, the situation could be different. Indeed, with its new Dimensity 9000 chip, Mediatek really wants to compete against high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon and Samsung Exynos chips.
While Qualcomm has yet to present its new Snapdragon 898 (or 8 Gen 1) chip at an event on November 30, Mediatek surprised by unveiling the Dimensity 9000 earlier. This is the very first smartphone chip built on TSMC’s 4nm process (while the latest high-end chips are still on 5nm).
This time around, Mediatek is really tackling the high-end market
As The Verge explains, the Dimensity 9000 is also based on Arm’s new v9 architecture, and it’s the first chip to use Arm’s new core design: a Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3. , 05 GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85 GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8 GHz.
On the GPU side, we have an Arm Mali-G710 with ten cores. And for artificial intelligence, we have performance and energy efficiency that would be four times higher compared to the previous generation.
According to The Verge, Mediatek also claims that this chip is the first to be able to capture images at 320 megapixels (however, the sensor does not exist yet), thanks to a processing capacity of 9 giga-pixels per second. In addition, it is the first chip to support Bluetooth 5.3 technology.
In essence, this component should put Mediatek up against Qualcomm in the high-end chip market. The only downside is that the 5G modem would only support 5G sub-6GHz, but not mmWave (the fastest version).
At the moment, it is not yet known which smartphones will use this Mediatek chip. But in any case, it would not be surprising that some manufacturers opt for this component instead of the successor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.
Besides the fact that the Dimensity 9000 looks very interesting, at least on paper, Mediatek could also guarantee a better supply. This is what contributed to the increase in the Taiwanese company’s market share in 2021.
In the Q2 2021 Chips Market Report, Dale Gai, Research Director at Counterpoint, explains: “MediaTek led the smartphone SoC market with its highest ever market share of 43%, thanks to a competitive 5G portfolio in the low-mid segment and without major supply constraints. Compared to Qualcomm, MediaTek had fewer supply constraints in the first half of 2021, especially with RFICs (Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits), Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs) and TSMC’s stable production yields. “