MediaTek has announced its M80 5G modem which combines mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G technologies onto a single chip. The M80 supports ultra-fast speeds on both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures, with a peak rate of 7.67 Gbps in the downlink and 3.76 Gbps in the uplink. It also supports dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, and dual Voice over New Radio (VoNR) for more reliable connectivity.
"As 5G rollouts accelerate, mmWave is becoming increasingly important, especially in the U.S. MediaTek's new 5G modem integrates support for both sub-6 GHz and mmWave networks to address this opportunity and give device makers more flexibility," said JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of MediaTek's Wireless Communications Business Unit. "To advance users' 5G experiences, the new modem supports the latest global cellular standards and specifications and it packs MediaTek's signature power savings technologies along with ultra-fast speeds."
MediaTek's 5G modems are ideal for a range of devices, including smartphones, PCs, Mi-Fi hotspots, broadband customer premise equipment (CPE), industrial IoT applications and more. The company’s first generation 5G modem, the M70, is built into its Dimensity series of powerful and power-efficient chipsets for 5G smartphones. The 5G portfolio also includes the MediaTek T700, which will power 5G PCs set to hit the market in 2021, along with the T750 chipset for 5G fixed wireless access routers (FWA) and mobile hotspot devices.
The M80 has been tested against industry standards and is expected to sample with customers later in 2021. It offers operators around the world support for a full range of radio access technologies. These include:
- 3GPP Release 16 standard;
- Sub-6 GHz and mmWave dual connectivity and carrier aggregation;
- 5G NR (FR1) with more than two carrier aggregation;
- 5G mmWave (FR2) up to 8CC;
- 5G carrier aggregation with Mixed Duplex (TDD + FDD);
- Dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) ready.