The first M80 MmWave modem MediaTek has just launched. MediaTek’s M80 is the first 5G mmWave-capable modem. A maximum speeds of 7.67 Gbps downlink and uplink of 3.76 Gbps can be achieved by this modem. This M80 modem comes integrated with a single chip of mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G technologies. Therefore, It supports the sub-6 flavor of 5G, but it’s mmWave that sets it apart from previous M70 modem.
MediaTek M80: Capabilities
The M80 Modem offers dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, and dual Voice over New Radio (VoNR). This modem supports dual SIM operation. Here, both SIM cards can connect to NSA or SA networks. Using the capabilities of modem, both SIM can do calls using Voice over New Radio (VoNR). Certain Networks which are without 5G dedicated bands will have dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) available.
MediaTek M80 will succeed Helio M70, launched in last year’s Dimensity 1000 series processors. MediaTek M70 is going to be the first 5G modem of the company, promoting sub-6GHz technology but without mmWave 5G standard. In the meanwhile, MediaTek M80 5G supports dual connectivity and dual carrier aggregation, both sub-6 GHz and mmWave.
“Besides accelerated 5G rollouts, mmWave technology is becoming increasingly important. Especially in the U.S., MediaTek’s new 5G modem comes with support for both sub-6 GHz and mmWave networks. Thus, allowing opportunities for the device makers and giving more flexibility,” said JC Hsu, Corporate VP & GM, MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Business Unit
He also added, “To improve users’ 5G experiences, these new modems will support the latest global cellular standards and specifications. It also packs MediaTek’s signature power savings technologies along with ultra-fast speeds.” Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G launching soon in India
MediaTek M80: Other Features
MediaTek M80 also carries company’s 5G UltraSave technologies. These technologies are plan to boost the single chip design for extensive power savings. According to MediaTek, UltraSave Network Environment Detection and UltraSave OTA Content Awareness technologies dynamically adjust power configuration and operating frequency based on the network environment.
MediaTek’s Dynamic Bandwidth Part(BWP) is also provided with the modem. The Connected DRX Mode (C-DRX) technology ensures that even with no data activity, the M80 is continuously powered in standby mode. Also Read: Asus ROG Phone 5: A new gaming phone in making
MediaTek M80: Launch
MediaTek M80 will be showcase in 2021 for sampling with customers. The M80 is likely to come pre-build on laptops, Mi-Fi hotspots and other devices in addition to smartphones. There is no information from MediaTek about which Dimensity chipset will be the first to integrate the M80. The smartphones with M80 5G modem are likely to launch by the end of 2021 or early 2022.