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MediaTek’s 10-Core Helio X20 SoCs To Be Manufactured Using TSMC’s 20nm Process

April 28, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

MediaTek is a Taiwan-based mobile processor manufacturer which has been doing really well lately. A ton of smartphone OEMs are actually using this company’s smartphone SoC solutions and MediaTek’s chips are becoming more powerful by the day. MediaTek was initially manufacturing SoCs for budget smartphones, but has been manufacturing flagship-worthy processors for a while now. They are the first choice of many OEMs (mainly Chinese ones) because the chips are rather powerful and yet more affordable than some other offerings out in the market. MediaTek definitely has big plans for the future, and the SoC they announced earlier this month proves that.

The company has announced the MediaTek Helio X20 SoC earlier this month, this will be the first 10-core mobile processor out in the market. We’ve already seen several reports claiming that this chip will be available later this year, and now we have more details about it. According to industry sources, the Helio X20 will be built using TSMC’s (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) 20nm manufacturing process. This processor is also expected to launch in the third quarter of the year according to reports and is aimed at mainly Chinese smartphone OEMs, though it will be available to whoever wants to use it of course. In case you didn’t know, this chip comes with 2+4+4 design and delivers 40% better performance than similarly specced 8-core processors according to the report. The industry sources have said that TSMC has been contracted to manufacture 10-core processors using 20nm fabrication process, which obviously points towards MediaTek.

There you have it folks, MediaTek’s 10-core chips are on the way and they’re apparently manufactured using a 20nm process. This will be a seriously powerful chip, though Samsung’s Exynos 7420 14nm octa-core SoC which is powering the company’s recently announced Galaxy S6 flagships still has the upper hand here. This doesn’t mean the Helio X20 is any less impressive though, this chip will most certainly be deployed by many smartphone OEMs and it will be interesting to see how well will it perform once it hits the market. Anyhow, stay tuned, we’ll report back when new info pops up.