14 January 2020
MediaTek and Intel have reached a partnership under which MediaTek will provide 5G modems to Intel-powered PCs. The 5G PC chip is based in part on MediaTek’s Helio M70 5G, introduced earlier this year.
While taking off from the 5G smartphones modem business back in April, Intel announced that it will assess its remaining modem-related opportunities for PCs, IoT, and data-focused devices. So, we assume the partnership with MediaTek comes as a part of the assessment that Intel must have done to stay in the 5G modem business. In fact, Intel will have a good hold on this partnership as the 5G solution specification will be set by Intel only and MediaTek will develop and manufacture the 5G modem.
Intel will also be working on the platform-side integration as well as OS host driver development. Intel empowers a large number of PCs and laptops and it knows 5G is going to play a crucial role in further advancement and thus it has chosen MediaTek to further accelerate the growth and stay in the competition.
Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president, and general manager of the Client Computing said,
“5G is poised to unleash a new level of computing and connectivity that will transform the way we interact with the world. This partnership with MediaTek brings together industry leaders with deep engineering, system integration and connectivity expertise to deliver 5G experiences on the next generation of the world’s best PCs.”
MediaTek President Joe Chen said,
With this partnership, consumers will be able to browse, stream and game faster on their PCs, but we also expect them to innovate with 5G in ways we have not yet imagined.
The two companies in the partnership are also working with Fibocom to produce M.2 (the format frequently used for SSDs) 5G modules tailored for Intel-based systems.
The specifics about these new PCS are unknown but it is announced that Dell and HP will be the first two partners using the technology developed by MediaTek and Intel. Also, the first devices using the technology should hit the market in early 2021.