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MediaTek to Bring its Gaming-Focused “Helio G90” Chipset Series in India

There are many more smartphone chips in the pipeline aimed to be designed in India

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Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek -- set to bring its gaming-focused "Helio G90" chipset series in India in partnership with Chinese company Xiaomi. Pixabay

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek — set to bring its gaming-focused “Helio G90” chipset series in India in partnership with Chinese company Xiaomi — is working towards designing more smartphone chipsets that will be designed in India, a senior executive has said.

The entire processor design, System on Chip (SoC) integration and gaming software of the MediaTek Helio G90 series have been designed at the company’s facility in Bengaluru.

“There are many more smartphone chips in the pipeline aimed to be designed in India. To do that, you need the right engineering talent and leadership. That’s where the investment comes — in hiring the right talent to grow the design teams to be able to work on the chips,” Rituparna Mandal, General Manager, MediaTek, told IANS.

The Helio G90 chip series is slated to debut in India next month and Chinese handset Xiaomi is the first player to partner with MediaTek to include its “Helio G90” chip series in its device.

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Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek — set to bring its gaming-focused “Helio G90” chipset series in India in partnership with Chinese company Xiaomi. Pixabay

According to the fabless semiconductor firm, the overall time taken to design the chip series was around six months.

“Helio G90 has an Octa Core design and the first MediaTek product which has the ‘Arm Cortex A76 plus’ processor going up to speeds of over 2.05Ghz. We worked on the complete designing as well as the overall chip integration. The overall timeline was extremely aggressive,” Mandal informed.

To further leverage Indian talent, MediaTek is looking to ramp up its headcount in the country.

“India is a powerhouse of talented engineers who are available in both verticals, hardware and software, especially chip design talent that is pretty strong in Bengaluru. We are definitely looking at growing. In Noida and Bengaluru, we have about 650 engineers and are looking at a strength of 800 in the coming years,” Mandal elaborated.

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The Taiwanese firm has three facilities in the country that focus on research and development (R&D) work.

It opened its first R&D-focused centre in Noida in 2004 before starting operations in Bengaluru in 2014. (IANS)

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Qualcomm Unveils New Mobile Chipset Aiming Mobile Gaming Enthusiasts

Qualcomm’s new mobile chipset aimed at gamers

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Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company. Wikimedia Commons

Aiming at mobile gaming enthusiasts, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset with a higher central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) clock speeds.

The new Snapdragon 855 Plus features refreshed specs including the new Qualcomm Kyro 485 Prime CPU cores with improved clock speeds of up to 2.96GHz which is expected to deliver a 15 per cent speed boost, news portal the US-based chip-maker wrote in a blog-post on Monday.

“Snapdragon 855 Plus would raise the bar for elite gamers with the increase in CPU and GPU performance and elevate experiences for 5G, gaming, AI and XR, which is something our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers look to us to deliver”, said Kedar Kondap, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.

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The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

“It is our most advanced mobile platform to date and would build upon the success of the 2019 Android flagship Snapdragon 855 5G mobile platform,” he added.

Snapdragon 855 Plus with an integrated multi-gigabit Snapdragon X24 LTE 4G modem also supports 5G connectivity using the X50 5G modem and Qualcomm Technologies’ RF Front-end solutions to deliver best-in-class cellular performance, superior coverage and all-day battery life in premium 5G devices, the company said in a statement.

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In addition the company is expecting devices built around the new system-on-a-chip to ship in the second half of 2019. Asus has already announced that it will include Qualcomm’s new chip in its upcoming ROG Phone 2. (IANS)