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NTU, MediaTek to jointly develop 5G technology

2014/02/20 18:47:27

Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) National Taiwan University (NTU) and MediaTek Inc. set up an innovative research center Thursday to work together on the development of fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication technology.

MediaTek said 4G mobile communication networks, which are not yet operational in Taiwan, will be unable to meet demand after 2020, therefore, it is time to start research and development of 5G systems.

The academic and business sectors must take on the challenge of developing new technologies, the company said.

Meanwhile, NTU Vice President Chen Liang-gee said that in the future, demand will increase for information delivered via phones and other mobile devices.

In anticipation of that trend, NTU is joining forces with MediaTek to engage in mid- and long-term research and hopes to bring the university's advanced technologies into the mobile communication industry, he said.

Chen described MediaTek as an exemplary enterprise and one of the few first-grade Taiwanese companies that can compete in the fierce international market.

MediaTek, in collaboration with the academic sector, plans to invest more than NT$100 million (US$3.3 million) per year in the development of top-end technologies, according to its Chief Technology Officer Chou Yue-chun.

The company also hopes to nurture talent to better meet the needs of the mobile communication technology industry, he said.

MediaTek, the world's third-ranked fabless IC design company, must continue to be a leader in innovation in order to catch up with the frontrunners, Chou said.

(By Chen Chi-chung and Evelyn Kao)