MediaTek launches its M70 5G modem at a tech conference
MediaTek has released its new modem, the M70, for sale at a tech conference earlier today. This chipset is intended to support 5G connectivity for next-generation devices. However, this modem also has backwards compatibility with older band types. This is a departure from Qualcomm's strategy with its own X50 module, which supports 5G-new radio (5G-NR) only and will require pairing with a processor such as the Snapdragon 855 for full network coverage.
The M70, then, is what is known as a multimode chipset. It has 4G/5G dual connectivity (or EN-DC), but is also described as capable of 2G and 3G connectivity if that is all that is available. In terms of 5G-NR, it supports a variety of next-gen bands, including the sub-6GHz frequencies, as well as high power user equipment (HPUE) for 5G. It is also linked to data-transmission speeds. of 5 gigabits per second (Gbps). MediaTek also claims the M70 will help OEMs to optimize their industrial design and power-efficiency.
This modem is currently rumored for inclusion in at least one future iPhone. In addition, MediaTek asserts that it will help them stay at the forefront of 5G infrastructure institution and development in markets in and around its native Taiwan. Should the M70 live up to its hype at launch, it should make a solid competitor for the Snapdragon X50. It is available from now, but will not be shipped until early in 2019.