MediaTek has announced the launch of its first integrated SoC 5G for high-end smartphones. The Taiwanese company has yet to give a name to its chip set ready for 5G, but has already announced that the associated brands will start testing this set of 7 nm chips in the third quarter of this year, while the phones boosted For him they will go to the market next year. The company’s integrated 5G chipset is based on the Helio M70 5G internal modem and comes with multimode network connectivity support and is based on the recently announced ARM Cortex-A77 cores for superior performance.
MediaTek is best known for making chips that are inserted into smart speaker devices, such as Amazon’s Echo drives, and for making the chips in the most basic Android phones. Qualcomm’s older chips also find their way into some of those low-priced phones, but the San Diego company is best known for supplying high-power chips to more expensive Android phones, such as Google’s Pixel.
The MediaTek 5G M70 modem supports 5G NR in the sub-6GHz spectrum and offers up to 2x operator aggregation. The M70 reinforces the independent and non-independent 5G network architectures. It lacks mmWave, but it will not slow down the acceptance of the chipset, as the markets will take several years to implement mmWave networks. Thanks to the ARM Cortex-A77 CPU and the Mali-G77 GPU, the new MediaTek chipset will have an updated IP. The chipmaker has also enhanced its imaging abilities by adding support for decoding and encoding 4K60 video, along with native support for 80MP camera sensors through its best ISP.
MediaTek Announces 5G-Ready Chipset With ARM Cortex-A77 Cores
With a new chip introduced at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, MediaTek is targeting the most powerful phones that Qualcomm currently supplies. The chip will contain MediaTek’s 5G modem, which connects the phones to the next generation of wireless data networks that will be launched this year and next.
The new MediaTek chip combines that modem with the latest processor technology from Arm Holdings, owned by Softbank Group. By building on high-power processors, as well as computing cores for things like artificial intelligence, MediaTek seeks to challenge the dominance of the Qualcomm market.
However, Qualcomm has an advantage. In February, it announced its second generation of 5G chips for smartphones.
With the release of the chip set ready for 5G, MediaTek aims to be a part of flagship phones. Currently, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series dominates the landscape. Integrated with MediaTek’s 5G modem, the latest chipset is aimed at OEMs who want to launch their next high-end smartphone with 5G connectivity support to be ready for the future. MediaTek has combined the 5G modem with the latest CPU technology provided by ARM. With a combination of the best, MediaTek seeks to compete with Qualcomm in the flagship segment. The only problem is that Qualcomm already announced its second generation 5G chip set for phones in February 2019.
Huawei Technologies and Samsung Electronics are also developing 5G chips, supplying their own phones. Intel, which had been supplying modems for Apple’s iPhone, said it would exit the 5G modem business after Apple signed a chip supply contract with Qualcomm in April.
The Qualcomm chip also handles the two variants of 5G networks, called sub-6 and millimeter wavebands. That means that the phones that use your chip will work in the 5G networks of any operator.
The MediaTek chip, on the other hand, currently handles only the sub-6 variants of the 5G networks. That helps keep costs down, said MediaTek officials. But it also means that it will not work on all 5G networks of operators like Verizon Communications and AT & T that use millimeter wave technology.
Russ Mestechkin, MediaTek’s senior director of sales and business development for the United States and Latin America, told Reuters the company was confident that its chip could compete in the market for phones designed to operate on networks that only use sub-6 technology. , such as Sprint and T-Mobile US in the United States and many Chinese networks.