Are AMD and Mediatek set for a surprising chip tie-up?

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Chipmakers AMD and MediaTek are in talks to set up a new joint venture, according to a recent report. Digitimes.

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Based on the news outlet’s report, the joint venture will focus on 5G, Wi-Fi and other System on a Chip (SoC) level data transmission technologies, although wired data transmission controllers could also be developed by both companies.

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If this joint venture is real and happens, MediaTek’s IP could be integrated into AMD SoCs for laptops and other mobile devices.

AMD and MediaTek Joint Venture


According to close sources DigitimesAny of the SoC designs are expected to hit the market in or around 2024, as a result of the joint venture between AMD and MediaTek.

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While AMD has said that it does not comment on market speculation and MediaTek has denied it Digit Times‘ Report, the two companies have cooperated in the past. To add Wi-Fi 6 to its AMD RZ608 chip, which began with the release of the AYANEO handheld gaming console, AMD used Mediatek’s technology. Although the module has AMD branding, it is actually a rebranded version of Mediatek’s MT7921K wireless communication module.

DigitimesThe report also highlights that AMD is looking to improve its laptops by integrating data transmission technologies. As Taiwan-based MediaTek is one of the most prolific SoC developers with a rich 5G portfolio, a joint venture could be a natural fit between the two companies. The move would allow AMD to avoid using solutions developed by its biggest rival in the CPU space, Intel.

AMD’s acquisition of semiconductor manufacturing company Xilinx could come into play as well as the joint venture could leverage its technology to build new wired and wireless high-speed data transmission controllers.

We’ll have to wait and see if a joint venture between AMD and MediaTek happens, but there are so many reasons why the two companies collaborate further, it makes a lot of sense.

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