MediaTek teases Qualcomm about temperature issues


An annual summit of MediaTek full of novelties, even if all the spotlights have been focused on Dimensity 9000. Even before the historical rival Qualcomm, the MediaTek SoC surprised everyone by presenting itself as the world's first a 4 nm. Of course, the presentation of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will come soon and perhaps he will be the first to actually debut on the market. The fact is that this presentation was in effect a flexing of the muscles on the part of the Taiwanese chipmaker. At the event there was not only talk of mobile chips, but also of Wi-Fi networks of the future, of Smart TV and the goal of become a leader in the PC world too.

MediaTek launches a dig at Qualcomm's temperature management

During 2021 we have seen how MediaTek has skipped the 5 nm production process, limiting itself to the 6 nm one for SoCs such as Dimensity 900, 920, 1000, 1100 and 1200. This unlike Qualcomm, which used the trial a 5 nm for Snapdragon 888 and 888+. However, despite this milestone, Qualcomm has often been accused of not having managed the issue of temperatures in the best possible way. The same could be said for Samsung and its Exynos 1080 and 2100, both 5nm and anything but energy efficiency champions. On the other hand, it should be remembered that all these 5nm chips are produced by the factories of Samsung.

In this context, we recall that the Apple A14 and A15 Bionic are both at 5 nm, but are mounted by smartphones (iPhone 12 and 13) anything but criticized for temperatures and efficiency. The reason is obvious: they are yes at 5 nm like the others, but they are produced by TSMC. The Taiwanese chipmaker is obviously a very important partner for the equally Taiwanese MediaTek.

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In this regard, MediaTek was questioned on the subject at the presentation of the Dimensity 9000, being based on the more minute 4nm process. To which the management promptly replied:

"There is only one company that has problems with heating right now. And it's not us."

MediaTek stresses that it was the competition that failed to deliver the promised experience, adding that it is confident that this advantage will be maintained in 2022. If confirmed by its presentation, it is Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be produced again by Samsung a 4 nm. On the contrary, its next variant scheduled for mid-2022 should be entrusted to TSMC. We'll see if this temperature gap is actually resolved or not.

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