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BenQ To Use MediaTek Chipsets?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:24 am
by Ian
Keep in mind this comes from DigiTimes..

In response to speculation that Lite-On IT may shift its optical drive chip orders from MediaTek to NEC upon the formation of their joint venture, MediaTek claimed that it has not received any news regarding an order shift.

Sources indicated that MediaTek was well prepared for a potential shift in orders and predicted that Lite-On would not massively shift its orders from MediaTek to NEC this year as chip validation usually takes nine months to one year.

Fubon Securities echoed the sentiment, but stated that MediaTek had lowered its risk by diversifying its customer base to include BenQ and other optical drive makers. The contribution from PC optical disc drive (ODD) sales at MediaTek is also expected to drop by eight percentage points to 36% in 2006, said Samson Yu, an analyst at Fubon.

While I'm happy that Lite-On may start using NEC chipsets, I'd hate to see BenQ switch to MediaTek. Actually, I wouldn't mind if they used them in their Super Multi drives as the Panasonic chipsets they're currently using are even worse.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:06 pm
by dolphinius_rex
Well, with BenQ there are three possabilities:

1) BenQ will use Mediatek for DVD-RAM capable drives only

2) BenQ will use Mediatek for OEM drives for other brands only (combination of 1 and 2 is possible)

3) BenQ will completely switch to Mediatek

Of course, the unofficial fourth option is also possible, which is that Digitimes is once again spouting propaganda nonsense that has little basis on fact or reality.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:14 pm
by yuki chan
Well that kinda blows, I didn’t mind the Philips chipset. As for mediatek sucking, I do agree. In my opinion Panasonic chipset are ok, it’s the firmware issues that plague them. But lite on using NEC chip set will rock.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:23 pm
by dolphinius_rex
Hrm, it seems it might be for BenQ's DVD-ROMs?