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No plans to work on Win 8 chips: MediaTek

MediaTek, a leading integrated circuit (IC) designer, yesterday said it had no plans to work with Microsoft to develop chips supporting the Windows 8 operating system, denying a wire service report which it said was wrong.

Microsoft has announced plans to roll out its own Surface-branded tablet PCs. The market meanwhile is speculating that next year the company will roll out the Surface-branded smartphone, which will be made by Pegatron on a contract manufacturing basis.

Also, a wire service story reported that Microsoft, MediaTek and Huawei have teamed up to develop chips for the Surface smartphone, which will be low-priced and use the Windows 8 operating system.

Yesterday morning, MediaTek said that the report was not factual. “Most of MediaTek's products support the Android operating system, and we haven't made anything that's compatible with Windows 8,” the firm said.

MediaTek did work with Microsoft two years ago, designing chips that support phones enabled by the WP6 system, it said.

The firm is expected to have a bullish second half, given strong demands for smartphone chips. MediaTek has posted consolidated third quarter sales of NT$29.47 billion, a rise of 25.72 percent quarter-on-quarter and beating market expectations.

The firm's smartphone chip shipments may exceed 100 million sets this year, according to some institutional investors.

According to market research firm Strategic Analytics, MediaTek's share in the smartphone processor market ranked No. 3 in the first half. Qualcomm and Samsung, meanwhile, took the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.

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