As you already know, Intel got out of the modem business back in April and while it did spin off its modem business for a cool $1 billion to Apple in July this year, it is obvious that the company has taken an easy path to get onboard the 5G train, finding someone that already has a 5G modem.
According to details provided by Intel, the company will define a 5G solution specification, including a 5G modem to be developed and delivered by Mediatek, while Intel will also provide optimization and validation as well as provide co-engineering and system integration support for OEM partners.
"5G is poised to unleash a new level of computing and connectivity that will transform the way we interact with the world. This partnership with MediaTek brings together industry leaders with deep engineering, system integration, and connectivity expertise to deliver 5G experiences on the next generation of the world’s best PCs", said Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group.
"Our 5G modem for PCs, developed in partnership with Intel, is integral to making 5G accessible and available across home and mobile platforms. 5G will usher in the next era of PC experiences, and working with Intel, an industry leader in computing, highlights MediaTek’s expertise in designing 5G technology for global markets. With this partnership, consumers will be able to browse, stream and game faster on their PCs, but we also expect them to innovate with 5G in ways we have not yet imagined”, said MediaTek President Joe Chen.
Mediatek provided a few more details on the actual modem, and it will apparently be a version based on the Helio M70 5G modem, which Mediatek announced back in May 2019.
Unfortunately, we won't see any actual product before early 2021, and Dell and HP are apparently the first OEMs to deliver laptops with a 5G modem that will be the product of this partnership.