MediaTek Provides First and Only Smartphone Platform in the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint Program Test Bed

TAIWAN, Hsinchu – 3 July, 2012 – MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced that its dual-SIM Android smartphone platform has been included in the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED PasspointTM test bed as the first and only mobile benchmark platform used for seamless Wi-Fi network access and secure connectivity for mobile devices on the go. MediaTek’s role in developing the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED PasspointTM program includes early involvement in proposing fundamental elements of the underlying Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Specification, driving interoperability testing based on its dual-SIM Android smartphone platform, and contributing proposals that make the certification ideal for mobile devices to automatically discover and connect to Wi-Fi networks, delivering the true mobile broadband experience that users want.

"We congratulate MediaTek on achieving selection to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED PasspointTM test bed," said Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa. "MediaTek’s participation in the development of this program has been instrumental in the achievement of an industry-wide certification for this program.”

"The user experience generated by Wi-Fi CERTIFIED PasspointTM equipment will delight subscribers and operators alike," said SR Tsai, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Connectivity & Networking Business Unit. "We are pleased to have been a part of the development of this program. MediaTek’s industry leadership in performance, integration, efficiency and reliability can now bring the powerful new capabilities of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED PasspointTM to the widest possible range of smartphone devices.”

Based on technologies defined in the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Specification, the new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED PasspointTM program is the first industry standard to cultivate multi-service provider Wi-Fi roaming capabilities. Not only will mobile operators have a new solution for offloading bandwidth-constrained cellular networks, but mobile device users will also be able to enjoy easier and better connections to Wi-Fi hotspots.

MediaTek offers a broad portfolio of high-performance wireless communication solutions for the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, personal computers and AP/routers. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED PasspointTM MediaTek solution included in the test bed is:

The MediaTek MT6575 is a platform for mid and entry‐level Android smartphones. It offers a 1GHz ARM® CortexTM‐A9 processer, a proven 3G/HSPA modem and runs the latest "Ice‐Cream Sandwich" Android 4.0 release. The MT6575 platform supports 720p high‐definition video playback and recording with an 8MP camera and qHD (960x540) high‐resolution displays via a PowerVR™ Series5 SGX GPU (graphics processing unit) from Imagination Technologies for DTV‐grade picture quality on a smartphone. It also boasts the world’s lowest power consumption and most comprehensive integration of hot swap dual‐SIM capability compatible with the Android platform.

The MediaTek MT6620 is a combo chip with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM functionalities integrated inside, providing superior wireless connectivity and performance to mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, portable media players (PMPs), portable game consoles, and personal navigation devices (PNDs). It supports all the leading industry standards: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, as well as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi DirectTM and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi PasspointTM, Bluetooth 4.0+HS and is fully compatible with GPS/Galileo/SBAS/QZSS satellite navigation systems.

Both the MT6575 and MT6620 have entered mass production and are shipping in commercially launched devices.

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Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit mediatek.com for more information.