Mediatek has just announced a modem that combines mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G technology into a single chip. The new M80 5G modem was created to bring fast speeds and low-latency to various devices including smartphones, PCs, Mi-Fi hotspots, and more.
Supporting both non-standalone and standalone architectures, the M80 can support speeds of up to 7.67 Gbps for downlink and 3.76 Gbps for uplink. It also supports dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, and dual Voice over New Radio. Additionally, the M80 supports various radio access technologies such as 3GPP Release 16 standard, 5G sub-6 GHz with carrier aggregation, 5G mmWave up to 800MHz, Sub-6 GHz and mmWave dual connectivity and carrier aggregation, dynamic spectrum sharing, and connectivity awareness.
5G technology is known to consume more battery than usual but MediaTek has loaded the M80 with 5G UltraSave that provides various power-saving enhancements. Features include Network Detection and UltraSave OTA Content Awareness for automatic adjustments for battery optimization. With MediaTek’s Dynamic Nadwith Part technology, the M80 is able to optimize bandwidth for both light and heavy data requests. Connected Mode DRX also allows the modem to be powered even when no activity is present.