Monday, November 25th 2019

Intel and MediaTek Partner to Deliver 5G on the PC

Intel is partnering with MediaTek on the development, certification and support of 5G modem solutions for the next generation of PC experiences. As part of the partnership, Intel will define a 5G solution specification, including a 5G modem to be developed and delivered by MediaTek. Intel will also provide optimization and validation across the platform and lend system integration and co-engineering support to further enable its OEM partners.

"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." -Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group.
The first products are targeting availability in early 2021. Dell and HP are expected to be among the first OEMs to deliver laptops enabled with Intel and MediaTek's 5G solution.

5G will be the most significant network transformation in history. It represents the convergence of computing and communications, and it will open the door for new PC experiences and the way we connect with the world around us. Intel believes that the future's best PCs will deliver experiences that help people do more of what they set out to achieve, and next-generation technologies like 5G are powerful building blocks in bringing those experiences to life.

Intel is the volume leader in both wireless and cellular connected PCs today with its Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and LTE solutions optimized across consumer and commercial segments. Underscoring Intel's commitment to enabling powerful PC platforms for the data-centric era, including its Project Athena innovation program, this partnership expands Intel's portfolio of leadership connectivity products to deliver 5G on future generations of advanced laptops.

MediaTek's POV: "Our 5G modem for PCs, developed in partnership with Intel, is integral to making 5G accessible and available across home and mobile platforms," said MediaTek President Joe Chen. "5G will usher in the next era of PC experiences, and working with Intel, an industry leader in computing, highlights MediaTek's expertise in designing 5G technology for global markets. 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."

As a first step in the partnership, Intel will define a 5G solution specification focused on deployment in key laptop segments, and MediaTek will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the 5G modem. Intel will also develop and validate platform-level hardware and software integration, including OS host drivers.

The two companies are also working with Fibocom on the development of M.2 modules optimized for integration with Intel client platforms. As the first module vendor for this solution, Fibocom will provide operator certification and regulatory support, as well as lead 5G M.2 module manufacturing, sales and distribution.

More About Intel's Role in 5G: Intel is leading the charge to transform the network, extend edge computing and unleash new usages to deliver on the promise of 5G. In addition to having the industry's broadest portfolio of 5G network solutions and a fast path to deployment, Intel is also driving open source software and standards-based technologies that will bring 5G to life. The company's investments in 5G technologies will transform the very way data is transferred and processed across devices of all shapes and sizes, creating a platform for innovation, delivering immersive consumer experiences, and opening previously unimagined business and financial opportunities.
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19 Comments on Intel and MediaTek Partner to Deliver 5G on the PC

#1
bonehead123
Hummm,,,,,,, too bad they can't help the cell carriers to get their sh*t together on 5G.......which already is & will continue to be clusterf*ck of mish-mashed, mostly incompatible & mixed-use standards that will take even longer to finally get working seamlessly with each other....

Can anyone say Betamax vs. VHS all over again, except over the airways ...:eek:....:cry:...:shadedshu: ...:kookoo:
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#2
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Better be secure unlike their core i cpus
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#6
Vayra86
I'm sure it'll all work out but right about now 5G feels to me like the next best thing nobody really asked for, and full of risk.

Of course we need faster wireless for all those things we don't have yet... gotta keep that economy rollin'... I suppose I'm getting old. Regardless, I will wire up everything that's in a fixed position, even if its possible over 8G.
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#7
Tartaros
Vayra86
I'm sure it'll all work out but right about now 5G feels to me like the next best thing nobody really asked for, and full of risk.
What risks exactly?
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R-T-B
Tartaros
What risks exactly?
Particularly will interfere with weather forcasting, particularly hurricane tracking according to experts.

Of course, that is only one band of it, and could easily be worked around. Of course, the present FCC doesn't care at all, either.

Any other risks are a bunch of BS. That one is real.
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Vayra86
R-T-B
Particularly will interfere with weather forcasting, particularly hurricane tracking according to experts.

Of course, that is only one band of it, and could easily be worked around. Of course, the present FCC doesn't care at all, either.

Any other risks are a bunch of BS. That one is real.
I don't really know if its BS. The timing is convenient, but the threat isn't far fetched. (Not the weather :P)
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R-T-B
Vayra86
I don't really know if its BS. The timing is convenient, but the threat isn't far fetched. (Not the weather :p)
I'd need to know what you're reffering to to mark it BS.

And by BS, I don't mean "impossible," I mean "not one shred of substantiating evidence."

The weather threat is bad. We'd basically have big storm tracking sent back around 30 years.

EDIT: If you are talking about Huawei, that is something I can't comment on either way, but it's more real than I initially wanted to believe if you take my unbacked word for it.
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#11
Prima.Vera
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Why would i want 5G on my computer?
Yeah, why would you want 10Gb/s Wi-Fi for your computer. DialUP is more than enough.
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
Prima.Vera
Yeah, why would you want 10Gb/s Wi-Fi for your computer. DialUP is more than enough.
So is your sarcasm.

Anyone can get 10Gb/s internet in their house now. You just need to spend the money to do it.

I dont need or want my computer to be on a congested cell phone network.
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#13
notb
CrAsHnBuRnXp
So is your sarcasm.

Anyone can get 10Gb/s internet in their house now. You just need to spend the money to do it.

I dont need or want my computer to be on a congested cell phone network.
Have you seen this?

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#14
kapone32
Interesting I guess this means that Intel will be releasing cards like the 9260 and AX200 with 5G support. I just hope our ISPs will give us routers that can support that speed.
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#15
notb
@CrAsHnBuRnXp
You must feel very insecure since you decided to give me sexual recommendations in a PM instead of just replying here on topic.

It's fairly simple stuff:
a) mobile devices exist, seriously
b) no, hardly anyone can get 10Gb/s at home. Even 1 Gb/s fiber is extremely rare
c) in some locations a fast wired connection will never make sense. Many people use LTE modems at home
d) wireless speeds will keep rising much faster than wired

Mainstream WAN (WiFi 6) is already faster than mainstream LAN (still 1Gbps). Live with it.
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#16
Vayra86
R-T-B
I'd need to know what you're reffering to to mark it BS.

And by BS, I don't mean "impossible," I mean "not one shred of substantiating evidence."

The weather threat is bad. We'd basically have big storm tracking sent back around 30 years.

EDIT: If you are talking about Huawei, that is something I can't comment on either way, but it's more real than I initially wanted to believe if you take my unbacked word for it.
Yes, Huawei. And yes, I believe that is a realistic threat, even going just by common sense of geopolitics. Which does not dismiss the idea the timing is way too convenient for Mr. Orange's second term, btw :)
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#17
Tartaros
R-T-B
Particularly will interfere with weather forcasting, particularly hurricane tracking according to experts.

Of course, that is only one band of it, and could easily be worked around. Of course, the present FCC doesn't care at all, either.

Any other risks are a bunch of BS. That one is real.
That is my concern, when the first "alarming" thing every conspiracy bonehead noted is how THE FREQUENCY OF THE WAVES IS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY AND WILL DESTROY US FROM INSIDE!!! when the human body heat is in an even more higher frequency and here we are having bones and a functional organism, I have a tendency to roll my eyes back when people talk about problems with 5G. There is so much mud around it it's hard to take in consideration the real problems, even if they more are fuzzy or take a longer span of time to see its consequences, it's a legitimate discussion overshadowed by the tin foil hat people.

Still, I think companies and goverments in the west need to get their shit together and collaborate already to solve those problems. You either mark the step in technology or get your steps marked for you, and we are going for the latter apparently, so I think this move by Intel is good.
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#18
kapone32
Well the Huawei thing is the reason why their 5G is banned in Canada and also why the daughter of the president of Huawei has been sitting in a jail in Vancouver for the last 2 years....Waiting to be extradited to the US.
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#19
yeeeeman
eidairaman1
Better be secure unlike their core i cpus
There isn't such a thing as secure. Any chip has vulnerabilities, be it Zen 2, Arm or 5G modems. It is just a matter of time until someone finds them.
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