SRG Recent Report Finds MediaTek WiMAX SoC Outperformed Its Peer Products

July 28, 2010 - MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announces that its WiMAX SoC was almost consistently the top performing solution in a recent independent performance benchmark test of leading Mobile WiMAX(TM) chipsets. The MediaTek WiMAX chipset (CPE form factor) outperformed four of its peers (USB dongle and Minicard form factors) of the same product segment in a wide variety of tests designed to test the capabilities of the chipsets under challenging network conditions.

The benchmark tests were conducted by Signals Research Group, LLC (SRG) and published in a recent issue of Signals Ahead, the consultancy’s subscription-based research product. For this round of chipset testing, SRG worked with Agilent Technologies, who provided the Agilent E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set and the N5106A PXB baseband generator and channel emulator, along with engineering support, to test the chipsets in a laboratory-controlled environment.

In the industry’s first independent test of Mobile WiMAX chipsets, the test scenarios included both uplink and downlink performance, with the results providing a strong indication of how well the solutions would be able to transmit and receive data in a commercial Mobile WiMAX network.

The report concluded that the MediaTek solution transmitted the cleanest signal as determined by measuring the EVM (Error Vector Magnitude) with this finding suggesting that under certain conditions the MediaTek solution could be able to support higher uplink data rates than its peers, for example, at edge of cell coverage. Further, the results of the tests found that under more challenging network conditions with low signal levels there was as much as a 2x performance difference in the downlink between the MediaTek solution and the performance of several of its peers. In other words, the MediaTek solution can provide a superior receiver performance and achieve the highest throughput with very low signal levels.

Associate GM of MediaTek Wireless Advanced Technology BU, Jyh-Shin Pan responded to the report, "We are very happy to see the results done by a prominent wireless research firm and it shows that following our tradition, MediaTek is shipping the best WiMAX SoC and highest performing products to our customers." He also added, "As WiMAX is still a growing technology and network coverage is still improving, being able to use the highest performing chipsets is crucial for the success of any operators."

The full report, entitled "Chips and Salsa XII: a chip of a different color," is available from the Signals Research Group website (http://www.signalsresearch.com ).

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