DigiTimes reports that AMD and Mediatek may be in talks to establish a Joint Venture (JV). According to the publication, the JV would be focused on SoC-level data transmission technologies, such as 5G, Wi-Fi and even wired data transmission controllers. Should the joint venture materialize, we would be looking at Mediatek IP being integrated into AMD SoCs – with the focus apparently being placed on mobility hardware solutions such as laptops.
Sources close to DigiTimes reportedly point towards a 2024 market availability for any SoC designs that result from this joint venture. Lending credence to this report is the fact that both AMD and Mediatek have collaborated in the past: AMD integrated Mediatek’s Wi-Fi 6 technology into their AMD RZ608 chip, which debuted in the AYANEO handheld games console. While the module is AMD-branded, it is in fact a rebranded version of Mediatek’s MT7921K wireless communications module.
According to DigiTimes, AMD is looking to make its notebook solutions more attractive by integrating data transmission technologies; the Taiwanese Mediatek, which has become one of the foremost mobile SoC developers and which holds a rich 5G portfolio, seems like a natural alternative to Intel-developed solutions – competition between AMD and Intel is fierce enough that it’s only natural that the Red Team wouldn’t want to improve Intel’s bottom-line by adopting the company’s solutions.