The money will be used to build advanced integrated circuit (IC) design capability in high speed Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). These are currently the main differentiators and requirements for consumer products such as smartphones, tablets and smart TVs that combine high performance and energy-efficiency at affordable prices.
Apart from technology development, MediaTek will also work with academia in fostering a strong technical talent pool in Singapore as well as promoting next generation technologies through research. For the past 10 years, the semiconductor company has provided more than 25 scholarships to students pursuing their undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in IC design at local universities.
Moving forward, the company will create the MediaTek Endowed Professorship at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The professorship allows the appointment of a leading expert to work on research in the area of IC design. The first appointment to the chair, Professor Howard Luong from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will be charged with research and development activities and is already working with NTU researchers and MediaTek on a range of projects, including a pill that serves as a wireless, battery-less camera that can take images from inside the human body.