Mobile Devices

Bringing 5G connectivity to the PC

27 November 2019
Intel and Mediatek are working on 5G modems for laptop and desktop PCs. Source: Intel

Intel and MediaTek are collaborating on the development of 5G modems for next-generation PCs.

Intel is seeking to bring a 5G option to PCs by 2021. PC giants Dell and HP are also expected to be among the first OEMs to deliver laptops with the 5G modem.

5G is still in its infancy but companies are already exploring how to use the technology — which promises top speeds of 10 times current wireless generations as well as ultra-low latency and bandwidth — beyond just the smartphone.

Intel said 5G-enabled PCs will deliver new experiences to help people do more with their laptops and desktop PCs. Intel already produces Wi-Fi and 4G LTE solutions across consumer and commercial segments and this agreement will help with the next generation of connectivity for PCs.

"Our 5G modem for PCs, developed in partnership with Intel, is integral to making 5G accessible and available across home and mobile platforms," said Joe Chen, president of MediaTek. "5G will usher in the next era of PC experiences. 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."

While MediaTek will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the 5G modem, Intel will focus on deployment in different laptop segments and will develop platform-level hardware and software integration.

Meanwhile, MediaTek has unveiled Dimensity, a family of 5G system-on-chips (SoCs) that combine connectivity, multimedia, artificial intelligence and imaging for flagship smartphones.

The single chip 5G offering integrates a 5G modem and is manufactured on a 7 nm process. The SoC series features a 4.7 Gbps downlink and 2.5 Gbps uplink speeds over sub-6 GHz networks and multi-mode support for cellular connectivity generation from 2G to 5G.

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