|[March 07, 2013]
Mediatek Trumps Qualcomm in RF with World's Smallest Transceiver, According to ABI Research
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
ABI Research finds that Mediatek has delivered the world's smallest
multimode transceiver. Coming just a week after Qualcomm (News - Alert) announced its
intentions to produce RF front ends for high tier LTE smartphones,
Mediatek releases the world's smallest RF transceiver which is also the
world's first 40nm transceiver.
The transceiver (MT6167) accompanies the widely publicized MT6589
quad-core application processor/3G modem and the MT6320 power management
unit (PMU). The transceiver measures less than 7sq mm and supports 2G
and 3G protocols. The norm for transceivers with this functionality is
above 20 sq. mm. Qualcomm's current solution measures in slightly above
Jim Mielke, VP of engineering at ABI research, notes, "This sharp
contrast in die size reflects on more than just design expertise though,
it gives a glimpse into the company's mindset. Qualcomm continues to
push the technology envelope (additional computing power, higher data
rates, etc.) while Mediatek follows slightly behind, aiming for the most
cost effective and power conscious solutions." Mielke cntinues,
"Qualcomm will remain the leader of the pack as long as additional
technology is required but once the mobile device reaches a point where
consumers are satisfied with performance, watch for Mediatek and
companies with the same mindset to come on very strong."
The MT6589 chips also perform well. The chipset measured 40% less power
in 2G talk modes and 30% less in 3G talk modes compared to the prior
MT6577 solution (as measured in ABI Research's (News - Alert) teardown laboratory). The
quad core A7's provide a smooth UI and plenty of mobile power.
The MT6589 chipset is just one of the Teardowns ABI Research has in its Teardowns
Research Service (http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/teardown-services/).
The complete teardown includes dismantling photos, HD board photos, part
list, major component teardowns, die photos, X-rays, a complete set of
power measurements, and a block diagram.
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
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of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and
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