MediaTek’s M80 5G modem brings support for mmWave and more speed


Having announced its new flagship Dimensity 1200 chipset in January MediaTek is back with yet another new addition – its second-generation 5G modem that is set to go head-to-head with Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem. While MediaTek’s M70 modem supports sub-6GHz 5G connectivity, it lacked mmWave support which is now remedied with the new M80 modem.

With support for theoretical download and upload speeds of 7.67Gbps and 3.67Gbps respectively, the M80 5G modem is a smidge speedier than Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem that is present on the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Of course, this is theoretical in ideal conditions, but it’s proof that MediaTek is more than competitive in the segment.

JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Business Unit 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�

Besides the addition of mmWave support, the M80 modem supports dual 5G SIMs, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, dual VoNR (Voice over New Radio), and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

It’s not known which MediaTek SoC will feature the new M80 modem or when it will be made available to smartphone brands other than sometime during 2021.

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