With the latest 5G chipsets MediaTek has revealed, none has the capability to support the mmWave spectrum. Now, with the new modem announced by the Taiwanese semiconductor company, it will be called the Helio M80 and it can support the mmWave.
The Helio M80, which is next in line after the Helio M70, will not only support mmWave networks but will also be faster when it comes to uplink, 3.76 Gbps, and downlink, 7.67 Gbps, which is an improvement from its predecessor that has 2.5 Gbps uplink and 4.7 Gbps downlink.
According to the press release, the Helio M80 will come with Mediatek’s UltraSave technologies for power saving. As stated in their press release, “The UltraSave Network Environment Detection and UltraSave OTA Content Awareness technologies dynamically adjust power configuration and operating frequency based on the network environment.” Also, one awesome feature MediaTek included is that the modem will regularly remain powered in connected standby even if no data is happening. This is thanks to its Connected Mode DRX technology.
Also, stated in their press release, the new modem supports both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures, dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, and dual Voice over New Radio (VoNR). Check below for the full list of radio access technologies the modem has to offer:
- 3GPP Release 16 standard
- Sub-6 GHz and mmWave dual connectivity and carrier aggregation
- 5G NR (FR1) with carrier aggregation
- 5G mmWave (FR2) up to 8CC
- 5G carrier aggregation with Mixed Duplex (TDD + FDD)
- Dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) ready
Customers can expect the new modem within 2021 which has a chance to be in the latest processors to come. MediaTek is also expected to launch two more 5G modems, the MediaTek T700 which powers 5G PCs, and the MediaTek T750 which is designed to power up fixed wireless routers and mobile hotspots devices.