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MediaTek unveils first 5G system-on-chip, promises smartphone comeback

MediaTek recently announced an alliance with Intel, to provide the US firm with 5G modems, now that Intel has all but quit that market itself. The family of system-on-chip (SoC) products at the heart of this deal – and of MediaTek’s bid to stage a comeback against Qualcomm in the smartphone sector – is called Dimensity. The first family under this brand name is Dimensity 1000, which offers an SoC with integrated 5G modem. This is MediaTek’s first 7-nanometer product and it should come to market before year end. The chip supports two-carrier aggregation for 5G, and is the first to enable dual 5G SIM technology. MediaTek claims world-beating downlink speeds of 4.7Gbps on sub-6 GHz networks, with 2.5Gbps uplink,…

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