Intel sold its 5G baseband chips to Apple two years ago and then partnered with MediaTek to push 5G in PCs. Today on Telecom Day, Intel, MediaTek, Mobile, and HP officially announced that they are teaming up to create a new generation of 5G PCs.
China Mobile, Intel, HP and MediaTek's "Four-Party Partners" believe that 5G fully connected PCs will play an unprecedented role in new application scenarios such as online education and telecommuting, as well as the development of society and various industries.
China Mobile will join forces with Intel, HP and MediaTek to carry out market cooperation on the new generation of 5G fully connected PCs, providing end users with 5G data packets and high-quality mobile communication services.
The four companies did not say when their 5G PCs would be available, and details of the first products were not available. Unsurprisingly, high-end 5G laptops will be the first.
At the end of November 2019, Intel and MediaTek jointly announced that they would work closely in the 5G field to jointly develop, verify and support 5G baseband solutions and create the next generation 5G PC experience.
As part of the collaboration, Intel will introduce 5G baseband developed and delivered by MediaTek in consumer and commercial notepads, based on the previously announced 5G baseband Helio M70, which is part of MediaTek's first batch of 5G SoC processors.
In addition, Intel will perform cross-platform optimization and validation, and provide system integration and co-design support, including drivers, for OEM partners.
The first batch of Intel 5G laptops using MediaTek baseband are scheduled to ship in early 2021, with Dell and HP expected to debut.
In addition, Intel and MediaTek are working with Fibocom to develop 5G M.2 modules that are optimized for integration with the Intel client platform.
As the first module supplier of the solution, FIBOCOM will provide operator certification and regulatory support, and lead the manufacturing, sales and distribution of 5G M.2 modules, among others.