Last year, Intel and MediaTek had announced a partnership with the goal of developing a 5G modem that would be used in future next-generation PC platforms. The move followed Intel's sale of their own cellular modem divison to Apple for $1B.

Today, MediaTek and Intel are announcing the name of the modem, the MediaTek T700 modem, and that the product has passed important milestones in development, having finished the hardware design phase and having been sucessfully certified and tested in real-world 5G SA (Standalone) network calls.

It's also been announced that Intel is advancing with platform system integration on their part, and readying co-engineering resources and support for OEM partners in order to develop end-products with the Intel and MediaTek platforms.

“Our partnership with Intel is a natural extension of our growing 5G mobile business, and is an incredible market opportunity for MediaTek to move into the PC market,” said MediaTek President Joe Chen. “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.”

“A successful partnership is measured by execution, and we’re excited to see the rapid progress we are making with MediaTek on our 5G modem solution with customer sampling starting later this quarter. Building on our 4G/LTE leadership in PCs, 5G is poised to further transform the way we connect, compute and communicate. Intel is committed to enhancing those capabilities on the world’s best PCs,” said Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobile Client Platforms.

The MediaTek's T700 modem supports sub-6GHz NSA and SA networks, with future generations planned with mmWave connectivity. 

The two companies re-iterate their goal of shipping the first laptops with the 5G modem solutions in early 2021. 

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Source: MediaTek Press Release

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  • AdityaK - Friday, August 7, 2020 - link

    Steady performance with great efficiency and power now in laptops! MediaTek coming a long way with their recent developments. Reply
  • NitinYadav251096 - Saturday, August 8, 2020 - link

    That's a great news and Mediatek has made 5G possible even in the laptops. This new combo would work really well. Reply
  • DontWorry1221 - Friday, August 21, 2020 - link

    You can't beat the laws of physics. What you *can* do is install femto/nano/microcells everywhere in a city (and only in a city), and by everywhere I mean *everywhere*, but which company is going to do that? One idea is they might give the cells, either static or mobile, to the 5G users. One femto/picocell for each 5G subscriber. That could work. Barely. If they manage to sell the cells and their cost is low enough. By contrast, sub-6GHz 5G is just souped up LTE 4G. A few more CAT iterations paired with the required large enough QAM modulations and its speed would have been reached by LTE - or would have come very close. sub-6GHz is basically LTE 4G+ (if that doesn't already exist) but it's the actual usable "5G". mmWave 5G, the actual, super fast but super weak 5G, was designed for marketing purposes to push sub-6GHz along with it and the telcos hoped most people would confuse the two or think they are comparable. Noobs and tech illiterates certainly do.

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