MediaTek launches Dimensity 9300+ chipset and AI Program · TechNode

On Tuesday, MediaTek held the MediaTek Dimensity Developer Conference (MDDC) 2024 in Shenzhen, where the Taiwan-based semiconductor company unveiled its latest flagship 5G chipset, the Dimensity 9300+. With a theme of “AI Empowers Everything,” MDDC 2024 delved into the applications and advances in artificial intelligence technology across various domains, and the possibilities it brings to terminal devices.

Why it matters: MediaTek introduced the Dimensity 9300+ less than two months after the launch of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8s Gen 3. Amid slow growth in the smartphone industry, MediaTek is aggressively competing for Qualcomm’s market share of mobile chipsets. 

Details: The Dimensity 9300+ chipset and generative AI were the main highlights at MDDC 2024.

  • The Dimensity 9300+ has adopted TSMC’s third-generation 4nm process technology, according to MediaTek. The new chip boasts big-core CPU architecture, housing an octa-core CPU comprising four Cortex-X4 ultra-large cores clocked at up to 3.4 GHz, and four Cortex-A720 large cores operating at 2.0 GHz.
  • MediaTek claims that the full big-core CPU ensures low power consumption across varying application loads and enables smartphones to deliver sustained high performance over extended periods by combining high speed with energy efficiency.
  • The Dimensity 9300+ supports on-device LoRA (Low-Rank Adaptation) Fusion and NeuroPilot LoRA Fusion 2.0 technology that allows developers to quickly introduce new generative AI applications with text, voice, imagery, and music, the company said. This translates to smartphones equipped with the Dimensity 9300+ chip offering enhanced AI functionalities.
  • The flagship processor integrates a 2nd-gen hardware ray-tracing engine with an Arm Immortalis-G720 GPU, delivering 60 frames per second (FPS) ray-tracing and console-grade global illumination effects for gamers, according to the official website. MediaTek HyperEngine technologies further enhance the gaming experience, according to the company, with MediaTek Adaptive Gaming Technology optimizing power efficiency for longer battery life. Furthermore, HyperEngine’s Network Observation System improves dual-network concurrency and offers up to 10% power savings and 25% cellular data savings.
  • During the event, MediaTek unveiled the Dimensity AI Pioneer Program for global developers, collaborating with industry partners such as Alibaba Cloud, Baichuan Intelligence, Transsion, Oppo, Honor, Vivo, and Xiaomi. The program aims to offer resources, technical support, and business opportunities for global developers to create innovative generative AI experiences on Dimensity-powered devices.
  • At the same time, MediaTek partnered with Alibaba Cloud, Baichuan Intelligence, Huya, Kugou Music, Oppo, Tencent AI Lab, and Vivo to jointly release a Generative AI Smartphone Industry White Paper. The white paper defines Generative AI smartphones as devices utilizing large-scale, pre-trained generative AI models to achieve multi-modal generation, context awareness, and evolving human-like capabilities.
  • The white paper signals a strong integration trend in generative AI for smartphones and explores the AI strategies of various chip manufacturers, phone makers, large model developers, and developers in the generative AI ecosystem. Industry analysis firm Counterpoint forecasts rapid growth for generative AI phones in the coming years, with a global user base of around one billion expected by 2027.

Context: In the fourth quarter of 2023, MediaTek maintained its lead with a 36% share of the global smartphone chipset market, followed by Qualcomm at 23% and Apple at 20%, according to data provided by Counterpoint‘s Global Smartphone AP-SoC Shipments & Forecast Tracker by Model.

  • On March 18, California-based chip firm Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, the company’s latest flagship chipset, equipped with several on-device AI capabilities. The new 4nm chipset arrives as a more affordable version of the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip launched last October.

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Jessie Wu is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. She covers consumer electronics, semiconductor, and the gaming industry for TechNode. Connect with her via e-mail:
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