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Chipmaker MediaTek works to double shipments for AI speakers

Taiwanese company aims to design chips for Amazon and Alibaba

MediaTek sees much promise in the field of voice assistant devices. (Photo courtesy of MediaTek)
MediaTek sees much promise in the field of voice assistant devices. (Photo courtesy of MediaTek)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's MediaTek aims to ship 60 million sets of chips used in voice-activated smart speakers this year, the company said on Tuesday. It would be a doubling of such chips, as the world’s No. 2 mobile chipmaker confronts a slowing smartphone market.

Amazon, Google and Alibaba Group Holding, the top three providers of smart speakers, use MediaTek’s chip solutions. The Taiwanese company secured shares of up to 80% in voice-activated AI speakers last year. Global smart speaker shipments hit 33 million units in 2017, market research firm Canalys says.

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