MediaTek today announced its new 5G modem, the M80. The M80 is MediaTek’s first mmWave modem but it also supports the sub-6 GHz 5G connectivity. The modem is capable of hitting peak speeds of 7.67Gps in downlink and 3.76Gps in uplink.
The M80 succeeds the M70 with the mmWave support being the main difference. The M80 features support for dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, and dual Voice over New Radio (VoNR) for more improved connectivity.
“As 5G rollouts accelerate, mmWave is becoming increasingly important, especially in the U.S. 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,” said JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Business Unit in a press release. “To advance users’ 5G experiences, the new modem supports the latest global cellular standards and specifications and it packs MediaTek’s signature power savings technologies along with ultra-fast speeds.”
MediaTek says its 5G modems can be used in a wide range of devices. Apart from smartphones, the M80 can be used in PCs, Mi-Fi hotspots, broadband customer premise equipment (CPE), industrial IoT applications and lots more. The company did not disclose which of its Dimensity chipsets will be the first to integrate the M80 modem but samples will be sent to companies for testing soon.