MediaTek said it has made progress in its partnership with Intel to bring 5G connectivity to next-generation laptops “with the positive production and certification of its 5G modem data card.” The company announced the development with MediaTek on Thursday, emphasizing that its MediaTek T700 5G modem concluded 5G standalone calls in “real world test scenarios.” In addition, MediaTek stressed that Intel has made progress on device integration, validation and the creation of enhancements for a “superior user experience” of its platform.
MediaTek T700 to Introduce 5G Connectivity to Laptops
It is said that the MediaTek T700 modem supports non-standalone and standalone 5G Sub-6GHz network architectures to provide “consistently higher speeds and more stable connectivity.”
“Our collaboration with Intel is a natural extension of our growing mobile 5G sector, and is an exciting market opportunity for MediaTek to expand into the PC industry,” said MediaTek president Joe Chen in a statement.
The company said the MediaTek T700 modem helps those at home and those on the go, at “ultra-fast 5G speeds,” to browse, stream and play.
“With Intel’s deep PC space expertise and our ground-breaking 5G modem technology, we’ll redefine the laptop experience and bring the best 5G experiences to consumers,” Chen said. Crucially, MediaTek said its T700 modem is also power-efficient and helps users by extending laptops’ battery life.
“Execution is evaluating a productive relationship and we are pleased to see the fast progress we are making with MediaTek on our 5G modem solution with customer sampling beginning later this quarter,” said Chris Walker, Intel’s corporate vice president and general manager of Mobile Client Platforms.
MediaTek and Intel 5G Laptops to Arrive in 2021
The first range of laptops powered by the MediaTek and Intel 5G modem solution is expected to arrive in early 2021, it was said.
“Building on our leadership of 4G / LTE in PCs, 5G is poised to further change the way we link, navigate, and interact. Intel is committed to boosting those capabilities on the best PCs in the world, “said Walker.
It should be remembered that Intel sold its 5G company to Apple in 2019, in a US$ 1 billion deal. As part of the deal, it was announced that Apple would be joined by about 2,200 Intel employees along with intellectual property, facilities, and leases. The collaboration between Intel and MediaTek also provides an additional option for consumers to look for connected devices. Qualcomm currently leads the connected PC space with the company providing LTE and 5G connectivity with multiple modems.