MediaTek has just unveiled its first mmWave modem, the M80. It is capable of reaching peak speeds of 7.67 Gbps downlink and 3.76 Gbps uplink. It also supports the sub-6 flavor of 5G, of course, but it’s mmWave that sets it apart from the previous M70 modem.
The M80 supports dual SIM operation where both SIM cards can be connected to NSA or SA networks and both can make calls using Voice over New Radio (VoNR). Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) is available for networks without dedicated 5G bands (DSS allows operators to combine 4G and 5G on the same band).
M80 is MediaTek’s first mmWave modem
Two features will dynamically adjust the modem’s power configuration based on network usage and conditions. These are UltraSave Network Environment Discovery and UltraSave OTA Content Discovery.
Sample M80 modems will be sent to companies for testing later this year. Besides smartphones, the M80 will also be used in laptops, Mi-Fi hotspots and other devices. MediaTek has not revealed which Dimensity chipset will be the first to integrate the M80 (Dimensity 2000, maybe?).