Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has joined the "China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner Initiative".
The collaboration of MediaTek and China Mobile will encompass applications for 5G device form factors, technical solutions, testing and verification, and product research and development. The joint effort intends to accelerate the maturity of 5G chips and end devices for field tests in 2018, preliminary rollout in 2019, and the commercial rollout targeted for 2020.
Mediatek’s first-generation 5G baseband solution is based on the 3GPP Rel-15 5G NR standard, supporting New Radio (NR), sub-6 GHz band, standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) networks, high power user equipment (HPUE), and other key 5G technologies. MediaTek's 5G solution also supports Millimeter Wave (mmWave) to meet the demands of local network operators around the globe.
"MediaTek has made considerable progress, having invested significant manpower and time in 5G technology and product development," said Kevin Jou, Corporate Senior Vice President and CTO of MediaTek. "Joining China Mobile's 5G Device Forerunner Initiative demonstrates that MediaTek is capable of meeting the requirements of one of the world's largest operators. MediaTek products will greatly speed up the maturity and penetration of 5G ecosystems so consumers around the world can enjoy the convenience of 5G as soon as possible."
At MWC 2018, MediaTek is demonstrating the latest advances in 5G research and development, including the sub-6 GHz prototype platform, mmWave antenna module, and advanced 5G NR technology. MediaTek says its 5G solution is not only suitable for smart phones but also can be used in a variety of device formats such as Internet of Things and modem modules. A range of applications based on 5G technology will make its way onto the market in a diverse portfolio of products.