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Intel and MediaTek team up to deliver 5G modems for PCs

November 26, 2019 / Aimee Chanthadavong

Intel has announced it will be partnering with Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek to develop 5G modems for laptops, with plans to deliver the first products by early 2021. Under the partnership, Intel will develop the necessary hardware and software specifications for the 5G PC modems, including the operating system host drivers, while MediaTek will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the 5G modems. "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. According to the pair, Dell and HP will be among the first PC manufacturers to deliver laptops that will feature Intel and MediaTek's 5G modems. In addition, the two companies said they are working with Fibocom to develop M.2 modules that will see the module vendor provide operator certification and regulatory support, as well manufacturer and dis...