Intel is officially out of 5G modem business as they have sold their division to Apple but this doesn’t stop Intel for providing the dream of connected pc devices through 5G. Intel has announced a new partnership with Mediatek for next generation PC platforms.
Now we have multiple vendors eyeing for 5G space including Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, etc. However, Intel has selected MediaTek as its preferred partner. This is less of a surprise as Qualcomm is notorious for its heavy royalty system being charged per product wise instead of modem wise. MediaTek could provide good performance and give a sweet deal price wise too.
Intel is feeling the heat from Qualcomm which has officially entered PC market with the help of Microsoft and has integrated connectivity built-in. Intel needs to compete with them but no longer has in house modem facilities.
As per Gregory Bryant, EVP client computing:
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
This seems similar to what Intel did with AMD vega GPU where AMD provided GPU and Intel worked on the integration part. In this case, MediaTek could develop and provide the modem and integration will be handled by Intel. The other way round could be a custom chip.
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