Intel teams with MediaTek to create 5G modems for PCs

Intel seems to have moved away from the 5G race in smartphones and has changed direction to creating 5G chips for PCs. Intel has gone ahead to partner with a mobile processor maker to make the project attainable.
The chip giant is teaming up with MediaTek to create 5G modems for laptops and other PCs that can benefit from an always-on connection. Intel seems to be taking a backseat in the project as MediaTek will be the one to develop and deliver and manufacture the chips. Intel on the other hand will only take the role of defining the 5G solution specifications, provide optimization, validate designs and lend the support needed to integrate the modems into shipping computers.
The chips are expected to debute in 2021 as the two companies announced in a blog post that they expect to see the first fruits of their work in early 2021. They’re also working with Fibocom to produce M.2 (the format frequently used for SSDs) 5G modules tailored for Intel-based systems.
“5G is poised to unleash a new level of computing and connectivity that will transform the way we interact with the world. This partnership with MediaTek brings together industry leaders with deep engineering, system integration and connectivity expertise to deliver 5G experiences on the next generation of the world’s best PCs.”
–Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group
With intel’s previous failures making the technology for smartphones, the partnership is a wise choice  as PCs remain central to the company’s plans. This ensures that it has a 5G option without having to devote vast resources. For MediaTek, this is more about expanding its ambitions. The company is already invested in 5G for phones, but the alliance gives it a major footprint in the PC world.
There’s certainly pressure for both sides to act. Qualcomm has been teasing 5G laptops using its own chips. Although they’re not ready for prime time, it might not be long before you can get a Snapdragon-powered machine with cellular data that rivals faster home internet access. If Intel and MediaTek didn’t collaborate, they risked ceding ground to a mutual rival.