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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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Apple Adds New Game “Kings of The Castle” To Gaming Service Apple Arcade

Last month, Apple revealed "Ultimate Rivals" from Bit Fry Game Studios, a new sports game franchise that brings together athletes

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'Kings of the Castle', a speedrunner from Frosty Pop Games where one can play as a princess and must fight her way through traps, enemies, and obstacles to save her prince from the clutches of an evil dragon. IANS

Apple has added a new game ‘Kings of the Castle’ to its subscription-based gaming service Arcade.

‘Kings of the Castle’, a speedrunner from Frosty Pop Games where one can play as a princess and must fight her way through traps, enemies, and obstacles to save her prince from the clutches of an evil dragon.

The first release of the game includes two island levels, six different speed runs, and cross-platform multiplayer support. The game can be played on both solo and multiplayer modes, news portal iMore reported on Friday.

“The dragon Zantorian locked Prince Rupert away in a castle tower on a dangerous and mysterious island. Lord Baldor dispatches the princess to investigate the hostile and unfamiliar territory and save the prince,” the game’s description on the App Store says.

“Playing as the princess, you must use your speed, courage, and savvy sense of direction to save the prince. Avoid traps, battle enemies, jump over obstacles, and collect gems along your journey to pay a ransom for the prince’s safe return. But do it fast. The dragon is hungry,” it added.

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Apple has added a new game ‘Kings of the Castle’ to its subscription-based gaming service Arcade. Wikimedia Commons

Last month, Apple revealed “Ultimate Rivals” from Bit Fry Game Studios, a new sports game franchise that brings together athletes across hockey, basketball, football, baseball and soccer into a single officially licensed video game, a first in sports and gaming.

In “Ultimate Rivals: The Rink”, the first title in the franchise, players choose from more than 50 superstar athletes to compete in exciting two-on-two hockey matches.

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The subscription-based gaming service provides iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac users with access to over 100 games with no in-app purchases or ads for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. (IANS)