Taipei, Feb.2 (CNA) In a move to gain market share in the United States, leading IC designer Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc. has unveiled a new 5G chip that supports a technology used by U.S. carriers.
The fabless semiconductor company said in a statement Tuesday that the new chip, M80, will be compatible not only with the sub-6 GHz 5G technology used in many countries but also the millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology that has gained traction in the U.S.
“As 5G rollouts accelerate, mmWave is becoming increasingly important, especially in the U.S.” said JC Hsu (徐敬全), corporate vice president and general manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Business Unit.
“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,” he said.
According to the company, M80 supports ultra-fast speeds on both non-standalone and standalone architectures, with a peak rate of 7.67 Gbps in the downlink and 3.76 Gbps in the uplink, and also offers power savings.
The new chip can be used on smartphones, personal computers, and portable wifi hotspot devices, it said.
MediaTek’s 5G products also include the MediaTek T700, which will power 5G PCs set to hit the market this year, and MediaTek’s T750 chipset for 5G fixed wireless access routers and mobile hotspot devices.
Originally published at Focus taiwan