MediaTek is one of the biggest names in chipsets in the world, and is the primary supplier of many local brands like Cherry Mobile, Starmobile and MyPhone. Yet despite their prevalence in phones used by many people, few really know who the company are, what they do and where they come from. We managed to sit down and talk with Cedric Chang, Account Manager for MediaTek to get to know the brand better. Turns out there’s a lot we didn’t know about the brand, simple things like –
They’re not a Chinese company
When people talk about MediaTek’s origins, many tech enthusiasts incorrectly peg their country of origin as China. That’s not true – they’re actually a Taiwanese company based out of Hsinchu City, Taiwan. The company was founded in 1997 when they were spun off from the United Microelectronics Corporation, and was tasked in creating chipsets for optical drives which further expanded into chip solutions for DVD players and digital TVs. MediaTek launched their mobile division back in 2004, selling not only chips for phones but complete systems built around them which made it easier for a manufacturer to integrate. The rest, is as they say, history.
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