MediaTek introduced its Dimensity 800 Series 5G chipset aiming to grab more share from 5G smartphone makers.
MediaTek’s Dimensity 5G chipset offers powerful system-on-chips (SoCs) with integrated 5G modems. The first 5G smartphone featuring Dimensity 800 Series SoCs is expected to launch in the first half of 2020.
MediaTek did not reveal its OEM partners for supplying 5G chips to smartphone makers. Samsung is the leading 5G smartphone supplier by shipping 3.2 million 5G smartphones during the third quarter of 2019.
5G smartphone demand in 2020 is expected to reach 253 million units as compared with 13.5 million 5G smartphones being shipped in 2019, according to IHS Markit | Technology report published in December.
Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile phone chips, earlier said it expects global smartphone makers to ship 450 million 5G handsets in 2021 and another 750 million in 2022.
“5G devices enable smartphone OEMs, carriers and service providers to offer new handsets with a feature set that is not backwards compatible as existing 4G devices will not be able to connect to 5G networks,” said Gerrit Schneemann, senior analyst, smartphones, at IHS Markit | Technology.
“MediaTek already launched its flagship 5G smartphone solution, the Dimensity 1000, and with the 800 series 5G chipset family, we are bringing 5G to the mid-tier and mass market,” said TL Lee, head of MediaTek’s wireless business unit.
Dimensity 800 Series integrates MediaTek’s 5G modem in one compact design, delivering significant platform power savings compared to two-chip alternatives. The Dimensity 800 5G SoC supports 5G with two carrier aggregation (2CC CA) for 30 percent wider high speed layer coverage, more seamless 5G handover, and higher average throughput performance compared to other solutions, with single carrier (1CC, no CA).
The chipset is designed to support both stand alone and non-standalone sub-6GHz networks. It includes multi-mode support for every cellular connectivity generation from 2G to 5G, and also supports Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).
Dimensity 800 series includes support for services such as Voice over New Radio (VoNR), delivers seamless connectivity across networks, and offers both data and voice on 5G. The 5G chipset’s integrated 5G modem delivers extreme energy efficiency and is a more power efficient design than other solutions in the market.
Dimensity 800 Series is a performance powerhouse that pairs four big Arm Cortex-A76 cores operating up to 2GHz, with four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores operating at up to 2GHz.
MediaTek in a statement said that the Dimensity 800 series is designed for sub-6GHz 5G networks that are being deployed with increasing coverage throughout Asia, North America and Europe during 2020.