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MediaTek's Optimistic Outlook Amidst Continuing Weak Demand in 2023

Published: 6.8.2023

MediaTek is optimistic about the future of its mobile business, projecting a return to growth in 2024. However, it anticipates a continuation of weak demand throughout 2023.

The company made the announcement during its annual shareholder meeting. MediaTek CEO Rick Tsai said that the company is facing a number of challenges in 2023, including the ongoing chip shortage, the war in Ukraine, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Despite these challenges, we are confident that our mobile business will return to growth in 2024," Tsai said. "We are investing heavily in new technologies, such as 5G and artificial intelligence, and we believe that these investments will pay off in the long run."

MediaTek is not the only chipmaker that is facing challenges in 2023. Other companies, such as Qualcomm and Samsung, have also warned of weak demand for mobile chips this year.

The chip shortage is one of the main reasons for the weak demand. The shortage has been caused by a number of factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. The pandemic has disrupted supply chains, while the war in Ukraine has led to sanctions that have made it difficult for chipmakers to get the materials they need.

The weak demand for mobile chips is also being felt by smartphone makers. Apple, Samsung, and other smartphone makers have cut their production forecasts for 2023.

Despite the challenges, MediaTek is still optimistic about the future. The company believes that its investments in new technologies will pay off in the long run.

In addition to its mobile business, MediaTek also makes chips for other markets, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the automotive industry. The company expects its business in these markets to grow in 2023.

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