MediaTek President Joe ChenIntel's 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. The two companies will work on the development, certification, and support of these 'solutions, ' with Intel focusing on the 5G specification and MediaTek on the development and delivery of the 5G modems. Intel will in turn develop platform software/hardware and drivers for the hardware, which will use a M.2 module form-factor. HP and Dell will be the first Windows OEMs to deliver laptops based on MediaTek 5G modems and the devices are expected to be available in early 2021.
Intel has backed away from 5G in smartphones, but it's determined to bring the technology to PCs - and it's recruiting an ally to ensure that happens. For now, we will have to wait until 2021 before we see if internet service providers can expand upon 5G's current coverage footprint. Through this partnership, Intel has been working with MediaTek on the 5G solution for deployment in key consumer and commercial laptop segments. The company is already invested in 5G for phones, but the alliance gives it a major footprint in the PC world. While Intel is no longer in the phone modem business, it knows 5G could be crucial to PCs going forward - and of course, PCs remain central to the company's plans. Consumers will be able to browse, stream and play online game faster on their PCs. MediaTek has been active in the development of 5G technology, participating in the standardization of the full 5G feature set, and collaborating with industry leaders to establish a 5G industry ecosystem.