MediaTek Unveils WiMax Chips

Announces integrated WiMax chips for CPEs, handsets, and other mobile devices

June 1, 2009

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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- MediaTek (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 2454), a worldwide leader in wireless and consumer electronics SoCs today announces a new WiMAX Forum Wave2 chip, MT7118 for USB dongles, handsets, and other embedded devices. Announced at the same time is a prototype of low cost WiMAX and GSM EDGE dual mode phone, produced by a MediaTek handset partner. This is the first WiMAX phone design supported by a leading cellular chip vendor. This design is based on MediaTek WiMAX chip and world leading MediaTek EDGE baseband processor.

CT Chuang, Vice President of MediaTek, said "MediaTek is not only a chip company, but a leader clearly setting its marks as the best WiMAX SoC solution provider. Our expertise in systems is vital to the success of WiMAX. The latest WiMAX SoC and integrated GSM+WiMAX dual mode handsets are only the beginning of our plan to integrate more wireless technology with future electronics." He added "WiMAX industry needs a chip company that possesses the breadth and depth of technology and experience of diverse platforms."

This is one of the most cost optimized WiMAX handsets in the market today It enables voice over EDGE network and voice/data over WiMAX network, while the USB port of the phone can be used for data connectivity with laptops. It also features a 2.8 inch touch screen and 5M pixel camera. The VoIP engine inside the phone has gone through stringent IOT and field trials for over 4 years, making it the most trusted and risk free dual-mode handset. MediaTek brings its expertise in GSM and software directly into the handset and put together a turnkey solution for operators.

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MediaTek (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 2454), a worldwide leader in wireless and consumer electronics SoCs today announces three second generation IEEE 802.16e WiMAX chips. MT7110 series are fully compliant with, and provide more features and performance than WiMAX Forum Wave2 specifications. These chips are intended to revolutionalize the market and take the industry to the next level of mass market adoption.

Of the three high performance chips, MT7117/7119 are designed for WiMAX CPE, and MT7118 for handsets, USB dongles, and embedded devices. All three are featured with two transmitters and two receivers with support for uplink and downlink MIMO and Beamforming with sounding. MT7118 is intended to address the need of embedded devices for low power with its patented power saving technology. It also supports diskless auto- installation for laptop USB dongles.

On the other hand, MT7117/7119 aim for high performance and cost effective CPE applications. MT7117 integrates an Ethernet PHY, and DSP to support a single VoIP port. MT7119 has an integrated Ethernet switch and PHYs, and support 4 ports of VoIP. Both chips are featured with two tightly integrated dual-core processors with well-architected system and memory buses, optimized for performance. "MT7117/7119 deliver higher networking and VoIP throughput while consuming less power than competing solutions. We are proud to introduce these two WiMAX SoC that are clearly leading in performance and integration. Customers will be able to build cost effective CPEs that exceed the requirements from WiMAX operators," said CT Chuang, Vice President of MediaTek.

Other hardware features of MT7119 include PCI and USB interfaces for WiFi and other co-processors. MT7119 is targeted for sub US$80 of fully-featured IAD devices and MT7117 is for sub US$50 simple CPE.

MediaTek Inc. (Taiwan: 2454)

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