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MediaTek Announces M80 5G Modem with mmWave Support

MediaTek has announced its new M80 5G modem, which is expected to be out sometime this year.

The M80 5G has a peak downlink rate of 7.67 Gbps and a peak uplink rate of 3.76 Gbps on non-standalone and standalone architectures. It has both sub-6GHz 5G and mmWave support, as well as dual Voice over New Radio, a GPP Release 16 standard, 5G NR (FR1) with more than two carrier aggregation, Mixed Duplex (TDD + FDD) 5G carrier aggregation, and dynamic spectrum sharing.

Other features include MediaTek’s 5G UltraSave and Dynamic Bandwidth Part technologies, along with Connected Mode DRX.

Currently, it’s unknown which of Mediatek’s Dimensity processors the M80 5G will find itself in. The modem’s 2019 predecessor, the mmWave-lacking Helios M70, is equipped in processors like last year’s Dimensity 1000 and Dimensity 800.

In a press release, JC Hsu, MediaTek’s Wireless Communication Business Unit’s Corporate VP and General Manager, said, “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. 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.”


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