MediaTek Enters 5G Chip Production Realm with Upcoming M80 Expected Later This Year ( Screenshot From TechTator YouTube )
Tech customers will soon reportedly be able to try out one of the most popular Taiwanese company’s very first new mmWave chips, the M80, some time later this year. MediaTek has reportedly joined Samsung and Qualcomm in offering the new ultrafast 5G connectivity for PC, phones, robots, as well as other devices.
MediaTek M80 modem
According to an article by CNet, the Taiwanese chipmaker has just unveiled its brand new M80 modem, which will include millimeter-wave connectivity for the very first time in history. For most of MediaTek’s general traditional markets, the absence of this mmWave has not really mattered.
Although the technology is really fast, it can only travel just short distances, and it has already largely only been installed in the dense parts of certain cities. Instead, China, T-Mobile as well as other carriers around the whole world instead have already rolled out the sub-6Ghz 5G, which still does not go as fast but is still very reliable.
mmWave needed for 5G networks
However, mmWave connectivity is still required for phones on the Verizon 5G network, and even more mmWave networks are also being built all around the world. By the time that MediaTek’s upcoming M80 modem is finally installed in devices, the mmWave will most likely be more in demand, especially for upcoming high-end phones.
Finbarr Moynihan, the general manager of sales for the official MediaTek stated that they will continue to focus on the stated high end so inevitably, the upcoming millimeter wave will now need to be integrated into a number of those high end platforms moving forward. This insight was given in an interview ahead of the official news. It was also stated that as the market moves, the millimeter wave will then become even more and more of a bigger requirement.
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Samsung and Qualcomm
The M80 is said to be capable of downloading certain data of up to 7.67 Gbps and its uploading data reaching 3.76 Gbps. This would edge both Samsung and Qualcomm’s very own modem speeds. Qualcomm’s popular Snapdragon 888, along with its very own X60 modem, is now capable of downloading data up to a whopping 7.5 Gbps and also upload data at a record 3 Gbps for now which was also reported by VentureBeat.
Samsung’s Exynos 2100 is also reportedly capable of handling a maximum download speed of up to 5.1 Gbps over the lower-band 5G as well as download speeds of up to a whopping 7.35 Gbps over the mmWave. While MediaTek’s very own new modem touts the proposed fastest speeds, it still likely won’t be in the upcoming devices until late 2021 at the earliest.
MediaTek still has not given any specifications regarding when it will be shipping in the products but still said it’s own given samples of the M80 to customers will roll out “later in 2021. Qualcomm also tends to unveil its upcoming newest modems ealy within the year. This means that it might soon have a much faster offering for its customers.