MediaTek to start smartphone designing program in India

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BANGALORE, INDIA: To develop talent for India’s fast-growing handset industry, MediaTek today announced a Smartphone Design-Training program in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), India, Indian Cellular Association (ICA) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs(MOEA), Taiwan.


“We have observed that hardware design in the handset industry, especially integration of key components, is lacking in India so the idea of this program is to pick professionals working in the hardware domain and further train them in handset specific design to narrow the current gap in the local industry,” said Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, MeitY.

MediaTek will share its smartphone design expertise, and leverage its well-established global ecosystem to support the program.

“MediaTek, as a key partner to the country’s growth story, is taking its commitment a step further to support domestic innovation and production. We are happy to offer our expertise in the design domain to help set the framework of this skill development program,” said Ming-Kai Tsai, Chairman and CEO of MediaTek.


Shen Jong-Chin, Deputy Minister of MOEA, Taiwan said, “India is the world's fourth largest smartphone market. Taiwan is a world leader when it comes to electronics manufacturing. This training Program will help bring Taiwanese expertise in mobile phone system integration to India.”

The two-and-a-half-month program, scheduled to start later this year, will provide hands-on training to managers and senior engineers from India on efficient planning and execution of handset design projects.

About 50 professionals, with at least five years of experience in Research and Development (R&D) in electronics, will be selected from key handset makers across the country to take part in the training program.


MediaTek will train engineers in R&D competence and design project management. The company will also coordinate with key component companies to be part of the training module with hands-on instruction.

The company also actively invests in India's innovation ecosystem. To date, MediaTek has provided US$100 million worth of funding to companies in the fields of semiconductors, IoT, FinTech, e-commerce and network applications.

MediaTek, in 2014 has invested US$350 million to expand its business and establish an R&D facility in Bangalore. The company employs 500 people in India now, and is expected to triple the number to 1,500 in three years.

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