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An upcoming 7nm MediaTek SoC will also be 5G-capable

The MediaTek Helio P90's predecessor may be an even higher-end SoC. (Source: MediaTek)
The MediaTek Helio P90's predecessor may be an even higher-end SoC. (Source: MediaTek)
A MediaTek business executive has told Android Authority that the company is working on a chip that has a 7-nanometer (nm) architecture and will have 5G connectivity. This processor may out-perform the Helio P90, the company's current flagship SoC. Therefore, MediaTek is likely to target the more premium end of the market with this future product.

Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek's vice president of business development and corporate sales (American and European markets), has announced that the OEM is currently preparing a chipset that should address next-generation connectivity and performance demands. To this end, the upcoming processor was described as a 7nm SoC, whereas the company's current flagship, the Helio P90, is on a 12nm architecture.

This statement was made in the course of a recent interview with Android Authority. A second MediaTek executive, Kevin Keating, also indicated that this in-development chip would also integrate 5G support. This is a step above even the company's current top-end modem for this new radio standard. The Helio M70 chipset can offer multimodal connectivity, which means it can use 2G, 3G and 4G as well as the upcoming new bands.

Accordingly, the Taiwanese manufacturer's representatives indicated that it would target a higher echelon of the mobile-device market compared to that which it is typically linked. They also intimated that the new 7nm processor would be capable of out-shining the Helio P90, which is optimized for AI functions as well as conventional computing. Therefore, the future of MediaTek and its silicon offerings may be very exciting indeed for both electronics designers and end-users.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03- 7 (Update: 2019-03- 7)