02 September 2020
Months after exiting from 5G business, Intel announced a partnership with MediaTek last year to co-develop 5G modems for the PCs powered by its processors. Fast forward to today, their partnership has lead to the first product and that is T700 5G modem.
According to some initial details available, MediaTek’s new T700 5G modem has completed standalone calls in real-world test environments. This means it has passed an important milestone in the development and is one step closer for use within Intel-based laptops.
The new MediaTek’s T700 modem supports standalone sub-6GHz 5G tech. However, at the same time, the new modem also supports non-standalone sub-6GHz 5G networks that rely on a 4G network backup. The two companies are also planning to bring mmWave connectivity as well.
At the time of announcing the partnership, Intel said that the 5G solution specifications will be set by it only and MediaTek will develop and manufacture the 5G modem. Intel has further added today it has been working on “system integration, validation, and developing platform optimizations” for the 5G chip.
MediaTek President Joe Chen said,
“With Intel’s deep expertise in the PC space and our groundbreaking 5G modem technology, we will redefine the laptop experience and bring consumers the best 5G experiences.”
The two companies re-iterate that the first 5G modem solutions will arrive in early 2021.
Intel sold its 5G business to Apple last year but the launch of the T700 5G modem in partnership with MediaTek shows that nothing is stopping the former from taking steps ahead in the new 5G era.