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Highlights of the day: MediaTek to launch mmWave 5G chip in 2H20
DIGITIMES staff

MediaTek is expected to launch its second sub-6 GHz 5G chip next week to enhance its deployments in a segment that is set to be the major focus of the telecom market before the arrival of mmWave technology. But the Taiwan-based IC designer has already made plans to launch its first mmWave 5G chip in the second half of 2020. With 5G smartphones set to see explosive shipment growths next year, demand for various related components are also expected to soar. Taiwan- and China-based foundries have recently seen increases in orders for display driver ICs and sensors for use in 5G smartphones and other devices. Various positive signs have fueled optimism for next year's ICT markets and industries. Now NAND flash contract market prices are expected to climb 10-15% in first-quarter 2020 as demand recovers.

MediaTek to unveil mmWave 5G SoC solutions in 2H20: While planning to unveil its second sub-6 GHz 5G chip on December 25, MediaTek is also eyeing to introduce its first mmWave 5G chip in the second half of 2020, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Foundries see orders for driver ICs, sensors ramp up: Taiwan- and China-based foundries have seen increases in orders for display driver ICs and sensors for use in 5G smartphones and other devices recently, with 12- and 8-inch fab utilization rates climbing substantially, according to industry sources.

NAND flash contract prices to rise by up to 15% in 1Q20: NAND flash contract market prices are expected to rise 10-15% in the first quarter of 2020, thanks to suppliers' output controls and a pick-up in demand for datacenter applications, according to industry sources.

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