MediaTek mmWave 5G SoC delayed to 2021, says report


MediaTek Dimensity 1000

Mediatek is yet to enter the mmWave space of the 5G networks. The top of the line Dimensity 1000+ albeit having Multi-mode 5G lacks the frequencies above 6GHz in the spectrum. This is about to get delayed further as reports indicate that the company will jump into the higher frequency arena in the second half of 2021.

Latest reports from Digitimes say that Mediatek has decided to postpone the launch itself. Mass production is said to begin only around the second half of 2021 which is likely around June-July. This is contradictory to the earlier reports of Digitimes which said launch in the second half of 2020.

Sub-6GHz vs mmWave

5G is basically a fifth generation of technical standard which gets information delivered to devices faster.  This happens via electromagnetic radio frequencies  which are like virtual invisible channel/pipes. 

When it comes to 5G, practically there are two ranges of the spectrum – Frequencies above and below the 6GHz. However, mmWave networks generally operate at a very high frequency of above 24GHz. 

Companies like Apple are aiming to achieve this with uploads/downloads between the devices with sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. The delay of Mediatek’s mmWave SoCs will surely an empty space in the competitive arena. And a monopoly is likely to behold consumers. 

Hopping on the Dimensity Train

Speculated to be a successor to the Dimensity 1000+, the SoCs are expected to reserve a place for themselves in high-performance leaderboards. They will sport the next generation of ARM’s Cortex’s A78 or even the X1 cores. Also, they will get a significant boost in graphics with Mali’s G78 GPU. These are just early speculations and hence is advised to carry a suspicion mark around them.

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Continuing the legacy of Dimensity SoCs

While the reason for the delay could be multiple including the supply chain issues due to the global pandemic, Mediatek won’t stop with it. The company is expected to widen the Dimensity series with 600 series of affordable SoCs in the third quarter of this year.

The International Ultra-Large Integrated Circuit focusing on AI and its emphasis on 5G is said to begin on August 10th. That, and exciting products from Intel, TSMC, Mediatek could be the showstoppers. Hence, we can’t rule out the possibility of Dimensity 600 series of SoCs getting unveiled here. We are as excited as you are to see how this pans out.

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