MediaTek today announced a collaboration with VIA Telecom to integrate its proven CDMA2000 technology into the upcoming Worldmode mobile platforms.
The collaboration is part of MediaTek’s strategy to address global markets with its highly-integrated, feature-rich SOC (system-on-a-chip) designs for mainstream mobile devices. The existing MediaTek SOCs include comprehensive wireless modem, connectivity and multimedia capabilities. The collaboration with VIA Telecom enables the next-generation MediaTek SOCs to include support for Worldmode™ global roaming of voice and data services across CDMA2000, LTE (TDD and FDD), DC-HSPA+, UMTS, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE networks.
MediaTek Worldmode™ SOCs will support interoperability between CDMA2000 and LTE modes for the US and China regions, with handover for seamless switching across both networks, depending on coverage. The SOCs will also be software upgradeable to support VoLTE (Voice over LTE) once mobile network operators begin to roll out the technology.
MediaTek already uses VIA Telecom baseband processors as a discrete part in its existing mobile reference designs, and now, incorporating CDMA2000 technology into new SOC designs will significantly reduce manufacturing costs and power consumption for mobile devices. Samples of MediaTek Worldmode™ SOCs will be available in 4Q 2014 and the first commercial devices are expected in the first half of 2015.
“Through the inclusion of CDMA2000, MediaTek completes its portfolio of wireless modem and RF technologies”, said Mohit Bhushan, VP/GM of MediaTek Corporate Marketing, USA. “It is an important milestone in MediaTek’s progression to becoming a global supplier of mobile solutions.”
“VIA Telecom is pleased to work with MediaTek in introducing Worldmode™ mobile SOCs before the end of 2014,” said Ker Zhang, CEO of VIA Telecom. “The collaboration with MediaTek is a strong endorsement of VIA Telecom’s CDMA2000 technology.”