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Low-End Chipmaker MediaTek Hits Dual-Core Milestone

MediaTek, the Taiwanese chipmaker best known for its inexpensive chips for smartphones says it is ready with its first dual-core processor.

While names like Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Nvidia are the ones most often associated with Android devices, MediaTek has been a leader in the lowest end of the Android market. All told, the company shipped 550 million phone chipsets last year.

The new chips, MediaTek says pave the way for dual-core smartphones that can sell for $200 and below, unsubsidized.

The new chip is currently being designed into various phones, MediaTek said, with the first models due to start shipping in the third quarter.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik