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Investments

22

Portfolio Exits

3

Partners & Customers

10

Service Providers

1

About MediaTek

MediaTek (TPE: 2454) is a fabless semiconductor company that provides system-on-chip solutions for wireless communications, HDTV, DVD, and Blu-ray.

MediaTek Headquarters Location

No. 1, Dusing 1st Rd Hsinchu Science Park

Hsinchu, 30078,

Taiwan

+886 (0)3 567 0766

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Amazon Strips Costs Out Of Echo Speaker Now Plasic And Cheaper Speaker

Aug 19, 2022

A tear down of the latest models of Amazons Echo smart speaker has revealed that the big online Company has moved to strip down component costs with their latest model costing up to half the cost of previous models to build. The Nikkei Asia tear down revealed that the cost of the speaker was lowered by using older semiconductors and by employing plastic instead of aluminium for the body resulting in a manufacturing cost saving of $34. It appears that Amazon is using the device as a means to profit not from sales of the product itself but by using it to lure users into signing up for recurring Amazon Prime memberships claims Nikkei Asia. The product stripped down was the Echo Dot 4, a fourth-generation version of the Amazon smart speaker, with Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, a Tokyo-based research company revealing that the entry level model is a seriously basic speaker. Amazon is now offering Echo models equipped with a liquid crystal display in the hope of gaining wider acceptance of its smart speakers. The Echo Dot 4 sells in Australia for $64 which is believed to be below cost. The big retail group has frequently cut prices on other consumer goods and seems to be banking on widespread adoption of its gadgets in an effort to gain more online sales as well as sales of subscriptions. The lower production expenditure is attributed to less-costly components and materials. For example, the model’s main semiconductor cost an estimated $5 and was made by Taiwan’s MediaTek. Semiconductor performance improves gradually every year, pushing prices of older components down. The price of Amazon’s Echo Dot 4 was cut by using an older chip whose performance hardly differs from that of the previous model. The Echo Dot 4 has also done away with an audio chip made by a U.S. manufacturer and replaced it with a cheaper one made by MediaTek, while the memory component previously provided by South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has been replaced with a less expensive one from U.S.-based Micron Technology. In addition, the Echo Dot 4 now has a plastic body, which cut the component price 90% to $1 compared with the earlier aluminium body. Minatake Kashio, director at Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, said that Amazon has been trying to figure out how to reduce manufacturing costs for some time. The Alexa AI interface in the speaker allows users to vocally order goods online and check delivery status. It also provides control of other Amazon content such as Prime Video and Amazon Music. Echo moves users from smartphones and PCs into a voice-controlled environment for online shopping and content consumption. The subscription services sector — including content distribution — is not only expanding but seeing increased competition due in part to new demand driven by people spending more time at home amid the COVID pandemic. The Echo is also being groomed to become the hub of electrical appliances as the internet of things (IoT) — which can connect everything from cars and cameras to vacuum cleaners and home lighting — becomes ubiquitous. As part of this effort, Amazon acquired Ring, a U.S. maker of IoT-capable doorbells and security cameras, in 2018. The company sells security cameras linked to the Echo. 982750

MediaTek Investments

22 Investments

MediaTek has made 22 investments. Their latest investment was in TXOne Networks as part of their Series B on August 8, 2022.

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MediaTek Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/18/2022

Series B

TXOne Networks

$70M

Yes

2

1/7/2022

Series E

Carsome

$290M

No

14

11/22/2021

Seed VC - II

Hejian Industrial Software

$109.6M

Yes

1

10/6/2021

Series B

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$99M

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10

9/1/2021

Series D - II

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$99M

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10

Date

8/18/2022

1/7/2022

11/22/2021

10/6/2021

9/1/2021

Round

Series B

Series E

Seed VC - II

Series B

Series D - II

Company

TXOne Networks

Carsome

Hejian Industrial Software

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Amount

$70M

$290M

$109.6M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

No

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

2

14

1

10

10

MediaTek Portfolio Exits

3 Portfolio Exits

MediaTek has 3 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Corephotonics on January 28, 2019.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

1/28/2019

Acquired

$99M

4

2/1/2016

Spinoff / Spinout

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$99M

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10

5/5/2011

IPO

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$99M

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10

Date

1/28/2019

2/1/2016

5/5/2011

Exit

Acquired

Spinoff / Spinout

IPO

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

4

10

10

MediaTek Acquisitions

6 Acquisitions

MediaTek acquired 6 companies. Their latest acquisition was Audiowise Technology on March 31, 2022.

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Total Funding

Note

Sources

3/31/2022

$99M

Corporate Majority

2

12/28/2020

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$99M

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10

9/8/2015

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$99M

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10

6/23/2012

Growth Equity

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$99M

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0

4/11/2012

Series A

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$99M

$99M

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0

Date

3/31/2022

12/28/2020

9/8/2015

6/23/2012

4/11/2012

Investment Stage

Growth Equity

Series A

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Total Funding

$99M

Note

Corporate Majority

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Sources

2

10

10

0

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MediaTek Partners & Customers

10 Partners and customers

MediaTek has 10 strategic partners and customers. MediaTek recently partnered with Intel on July 7, 2022.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

7/25/2022

Vendor

United States

Intel and MediaTek Form Foundry Partnership

We have an existing 5G data card business partnership with Intel Corporation , and now extend our relationship to manufacturing smart edge devices through Intel .

17

7/25/2022

Partner

Intel Signs Up Taiwan-Based MediaTek In Win For Foundry Plans

Under the new pact , MediaTek , which has previously partnered with Taiwanese semiconductor contract manufacturer TSMC , will rely on Intel to build new chips for a range of smart edge devices .

1

6/28/2022

Partner

United States

1

6/28/2022

Partner

United States

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10

6/28/2022

Partner

United States

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10

Date

7/25/2022

7/25/2022

6/28/2022

6/28/2022

6/28/2022

Type

Vendor

Partner

Partner

Partner

Partner

Business Partner

Country

United States

United States

United States

United States

News Snippet

Intel and MediaTek Form Foundry Partnership

We have an existing 5G data card business partnership with Intel Corporation , and now extend our relationship to manufacturing smart edge devices through Intel .

Intel Signs Up Taiwan-Based MediaTek In Win For Foundry Plans

Under the new pact , MediaTek , which has previously partnered with Taiwanese semiconductor contract manufacturer TSMC , will rely on Intel to build new chips for a range of smart edge devices .

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Sources

17

1

1

10

10

MediaTek Service Providers

1 Service Provider

MediaTek has 1 service provider relationship

Service Provider

Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Service Type

Counsel

General Counsel

Service Provider

Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Counsel

Service Type

General Counsel

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MediaTek Team

2 Team Members

MediaTek has 2 team members, including former Chief Technology Officer, Seiichiro Watanabe.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Seiichiro Watanabe

Chief Technology Officer

Former

Giri Amarakone

Senior Director

Former

Name

Seiichiro Watanabe

Giri Amarakone

Work History

Title

Chief Technology Officer

Senior Director

Status

Former

Former

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