Mediatek is the world’s leading manufacturer of chipsets. The company competes with Samsung Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon in the smartphone chipset space. While Qualcomm has announced that the Snapdragon 888+ 5G, the company’s latest flagship chipset, is based on a 5nm process, Mediatek has been reported to work on manufacturing the world’s first 4nm chipset.
According to a Chinese report, this 4nm SoC would be a flagship and that manufacturing would start in the first half next year. The chipset would be designed by Mediatek and manufactured by TSMC. Interested buyers of this new 4nm chipset include Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo.
The new chipset is based on an ARM v9 architecture and will include the latest Cortex-X2 and Cortex-A510 cores. For the GPU, the new chipset would likely use the new Mali-G710, the successor to the Mali-G78. If these specifications are 100% true, then Mediatek can compete with Qualcomm’s new generation flagship chipset, or simply, the successor to the Snapdragon 888 series. A first for the company.
In related news, Samsung has also set its plan to manufacture an even smaller 3nm chipset next year. And with their partnership with AMD, these new Exynos chipsets (if they are Exynos chipsets) may have a boost in performance ratings as well as graphics processing!
Similarly, IBM has designed a 2nm chipset. Time will tell for when can we see a 1nm chipset.