MediaTek’s first 5G-enabled chipset will save battery life and space

MediaTek has unveiled the world's first mobile chipset with a built-in 5G modem. The 7nm chipset combines the company's Helio M70 5G modem with the recently announced Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77 from ARM, which results in an integrated chip that should save physical space within the phone and the life of the device. drums. The chip's modem has a theoretical maximum download speed of 4.7 Gbps and a loading speed of 2.5 Gbps, says MediaTek.

Although not as fast as Qualcomm's second-generation X55 modem, which offers maximum download speeds of up to 7 Gbps, the MediaTek approach has the advantage of combining everything on a single chip. In comparison, Qualcomm's modem is separate from the company's SoC, which means that it occupies more space and can consume additional power (depending on the technology's implementation by the two companies).

From a technological perspective, the MediaTek chip is not as advanced as Qualcomm's latest modem, since it does not appear to be compatible with mmWave along with the sub-6Ghz. However, that should not be a problem for the primary markets of MediaTek in the short term, since Anandtech points out that the US. UU It is the only important region that is currently implementing mmWave. Otherwise, the chip is compatible with autonomous and non-autonomous 5G, and is also compatible with networks 2G to 4G.

After Intel's exit from the 5G telephony business and Huawei's blacklist in the US UU., The amount of competition in the 5G hardware business has been significantly reduced, so it's good to see that MediaTek continues to offer Qualcomm some competition in the 5G space. MediaTek says the new chip should start shipping to device partners later this year, with the first releases planned for early 2020.

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