Lilbits: rise of MediaTek, an E Ink monitor and marriage to Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Apple can make the best performing smartphone chips, but they are only used on Apple phones, tablets and PCs, which means they have limited market share.

Meanwhile, rivals such as Qualcomm and MediaTek (and to some extent Samsung) sell their chips to several phone manufacturers, which helped them launch a very of processors.

With a product line ranging from basic to premium chips, Qualcomm has dominated this space in recent years. But, according to a new report from Counterpoint, MediaTek took first place for the first time in the most recent quarter.

MediaTek also has a wide range of solutions, but the company is probably better known for its mid-range chips than for its cutting-edge solutions. And while flagship phones make all the headlines, the truth is that many mid-range phones are sold, which certainly helped MediaTek’s rise. The counterpoint suggests that the U.S. trade ban on Huawei probably didn’t hurt either.


Here is a summary of recent technology news from the web.

  • MediaTek becomes the largest supplier of smartphone chipsets for the first time [Counterpoint]
    According to Counterpoint, MediaTek became the leading supplier of smartphone chips in the third quarter of 2020, with a 31 percent market share, placing the company ahead of Qualcomm, Samsung, Hisilicon (Hauwei) and Apple. .. but Qualcomm ranks first with 5G chipsets
  • Piunora has the courage of a Raspberry Pi 4 with Arduino form factor, M.2 PCIe socket [CNX Software]
    Piunara is a small computer that beats with the heart of a Raspberry Pi 4 Computing Module, but it has a transport board with Arduino features. The only problem is that it is still in development and will probably not be available for at least a few months.
  • First impressions of the Librem 5 Evergreen Linux phone [Notta Pro / YouTube]
    This video provides a very critical view of the shortcomings of using a Purism Librem 5 now and why it is best thought of as a developer / enthusiast-centric device. Some issues have already been resolved through software updates. Others do not. I’m calling the reddit topic instead of the YouTube video because it’s worth reading the discussion. It is also worth noting – Librem 5 can run alternative operating systems and has more powerful hardware than Pinephone, but a smaller developer community so far.
  • Review of Dasung Paperlike HD-FT E-Ink Monitor [Matteo Accardi / YouTube]
    This video review of the Dasung Paperlike HD-FT E Ink monitor covers almost everything you would like to know about using the 13.3-inch E Ink monitor with front light, touch screen and priced at $ 999.

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