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6/22/2012 11:37 AM EDT
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mcjw
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mcjw   6/26/2012 10:43:39 AM
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Yeah, but unlike TSMC, Mediatek employs much more people in the mainland, in order to satisfy shanzhai's thirst for cheap. And I suspect it's their access to cheap masses of testing engineers to patch up their hack silicon. Taiwan has a lot to learn from Japan, and we're beginning to, as Foxconn realized it has to rely on Sharp to raise panel quality. I'm not proud that AUO and Chimei makes the worst quality LCDs (AUO CMI are the worst you can get in a panel lottery), and our DRAM give the world more blue screens than any. Even Asus and Acer use Elpida, SEC, or Hynix more than Taiwanese "brands". TSMC and the ailing UMC are the result of a series of well-coordinated government initiates, as Morris Chang will tell you. But nowadays politics more often than not get in the way. HTC's VIA is working closely with Beijing to develop ARM processors, because the PRC's policies gives it a lot of support. So it's already happening, Taiwan is showing the way, but not necessarily the best way. It's just a matter of "whatever works".

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mcjw   6/26/2012 10:23:51 AM
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unfortunately, it's only impressive from a narrow point of view. Slightly off-tangent here, but Mediatek can be compared to Monsanto. You can say Monsanto is successful in business and technology, but only because it engineers crops that resist its own herbicide, killing all other natural life in the field. Farmers love how it makes their work easier. Consumers love the cheap prices. Mediatek caters to shanzhai phones, manufacturers love how they can turn a quick buck. Consumers love the "cost performance ratio". Except it isn't so rosy. Bluetooth can be enabled without paying royalty. Products are toxic to the environment, lacking "design", and carry the risk to explode. Mediatek knows full well this is their clientele, manufacturers and consumers who don't know any better, or just don't/can't care. Mediatek's performance is related to their ability to operate in the grey area. That is not to say they don't score design wins with Lenovo or the big guys, but that's after they've driven out the traditional players in the mid/low-range like TI. Mediatek cannot be directly compared to Nokia. At most it can be compared to Qualcomm, whose low end chip is used in the popular ZTE Blade 880, "amazing value" for 99 Euros. And this is a phone that is certified for export in the US, Europe, and Japan. If anyone beat Nokia, it's Huawei and ZTE. Mediatek is nothing without shanzhai.

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WW Thinker   6/23/2012 1:30:56 PM
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MediaTek made it big around year 2000 when it became dominant in CD read/write controller. Then it acquired ALi, InProcomm for WiFi, Airoha for RF, then it became #1 in DTV chipset but lost the crown to MStar later, then it last acquired Ralink for WiFi-n/GPON/DSL etc. Like Broadcom, all the acquisition seems to go well. In many ways, MediaTek acts like Broadcom.

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elctrnx_lyf   6/23/2012 7:25:40 AM
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Rise of mediated is not surprising to anyone at this moment. They have been pulling things together for a while and coming out strong year after year.

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WW Thinker   6/23/2012 12:58:01 AM
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Please do not stir up any emotion! This only tell us that there are going to be equally competitive solutions from Taiwan, North America, and Europe. May the best solutions win the business in fairly and squarely!

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WW Thinker   6/23/2012 12:03:45 AM
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What regulators? This is not USA. Western version of philosophy and capitalism are not universal! At the end of the day, the world is round, economy is global. Roman empire collapsed after so many years of properity. Now, we are seeing the Asia-based companies (Samsung, the two Ms) becoming very competitve. This is good because the world is now much more balanced and no single geographies can claim supremacy. Philosphically isn't this what the whole world has been striking for since the existence - equality?

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junko.yoshida   6/22/2012 4:28:30 PM
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Indeed, Kris. I was actually writing a separate piece focused on just that -- MediaTek beating Nokia -- but this news just broke. So, I couldn't resist adding that to this story. In fact, I don't think many of us really realize the power of MediaTek's playbook. It is impressive.

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krisi   6/22/2012 4:21:02 PM
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Media Tek beating Nokia in hardware/software integration, very impressive...Kris

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junko.yoshida   6/22/2012 4:14:12 PM
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In many ways, MediaTek/MStar has already become Broadcom of Asia, in my opinion.

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junko.yoshida   6/22/2012 4:12:58 PM
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Good point. When the two M brothers combined, it will be definitely a formidable market share.

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