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Highlights of the day: MediaTek expects bright 2021

MediaTek is optimistic about its operation in 2021, with revenues expected to rise up to 8% sequentially in the first quarter of 2021 thanks to clients' robust orders, and the momentum is also expected to benefit MediaTek's backend services partners. Many of them are set to increase their capacity support to the chip designer in 2021. Meanwhile, carmakers in Germany, Japan and the US are lining up for the capacity support from Taiwan-based wafer foundries due to seriously shortages of chips.

Backend firms upbeat about demand for MediaTek chips: Backend houses in the supply chain of MediaTek have expressed optimism about demand for the fabless client's 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and automotive chip solutions in 2021, and are ramping up capacity support for the chipmaker, according to industry sources.

MediaTek expects up to 8% revenue growth in 1Q21: MediaTek expects to post revenue growth of up to 8% sequentially to between NT$96.4 billion (US$3.44 billion) and NT$104.1 billion in the first quarter of 2021. Despite foundry capacity constraints, overall demand will grow outperforming seasonal patterns during the quarter, according to company CEO Rick Tsai.

Automotive chip suppliers queuing up for capacity support: Automotive chip suppliers are queuing up for capacity support from foundries, particularly 8-inch ones, and may be prompted to accept higher quotes for more capacity, according to industry sources.

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