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Highlights of the day: MediaTek likely to see weaker growth in 2020
DIGITIMES staff

Everyone in the ICT sector had expected the 5G era to get off to a flying start in 2020 when the coronavirus hit. Major players continue to make deployments for 5G, but cannot be sure when the momentum will actually pick up. Now Taiwan-based chip vendor MediaTek, whose major market is in China, expects weaker growth for 2020. But Acer is confident that the notebook market is poised to have a strong rebound in demand in the second half of the year. For AMD, it is likely to see strong growth in sales, as PC OEM and brand vendors, and motherboard and graphics card manufacturers continue to step up their development projects for AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen CPU series manufactured using TSMC's 7nm EUV process.

MediaTek to see 2020 growth constrained: The coronavirus epidemic has cast a shadow over MediaTek's competitiveness in the 5G SoC market this year, as China is the chipmaker's largest market, according to market observers.

Global notebook market poised for rebound in 2H20, says Acer chairman: The global notebook market is poised for a strong rebound in the second half of 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak has not resulted in severe impacts to demand in other parts of the world including Australia and Europe as compared to the harm that has brought to China, according to Acer chairman Jason Chen.

Demand for AMD 7nm EUV processors remains strong: Demand for AMD's new 7nm EUV processors remains robust, with development projects for the chips commenced by PC, motherboard and graphics card makers this year set to be 10-20% higher than the levels in 2019, according to industry sources.

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