MediaTek Collaborates with Leading Device Makers and RF Experts for 5G Smartphone Innovations

In a bid towards 5G innovations, MediaTek has announced multiple collaborations with leading 5G component suppliers and device makers to deliver a complete, standards-based and optimized 5G solution. Companies collaborating with MediaTek on radio frequency (RF) technology include Oppo, Vivo and top tier RF suppliers, including Skyworks, Qorvo and Murata. The companies will be working together to define a front end module solution that accommodates 5G components without impacting a smartphone’s slim profile and stylish design.

According to TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless business unit, the company is committed to making advanced mobile features accessible to consumers everywhere. Since the rollout of 5G will bring new design challenges for smartphone brands, MediaTek is working closely with component suppliers and device makers to provide the support they need to quickly bring to market innovative 5G devices. As the 5G market matures, the company is positioned to lead this new wave of innovation with the Helio M70 platform and future MediaTek 5G products.

The recent MediaTek led industry cooperation on RFFE gives global smartphone brands a highly optimized, flexible and comprehensive platform to develop devices that meet unique design requirements for 5G connectivity. 5G devices need to integrate more components, including a radio frequency front end design - to transmit and receive wireless signals to the carrier - and will have greater performance and battery life demands.

Each RFFE component is from a company who specializes in the design of that component type. The best system performance for a final product will come from a well coordinated and strong collaboration between each component maker. MediaTek’s effort to work together with other industry experts on front end design is targeted to meet global compliance needs, and allow technology to be optimized for specific markets and regions. Some regions have hardware feature sets that reference signal antenna switching (SRS) over multiple transmit and receive ports. With multiple companies working together on RFFE it’s easier to supply standard solutions and the needed technology for global markets.

The participating companies will define technical standards and share information around 5G RF-technology to deliver high quality 5G devices and service to everyone. To ensure peak performance of 5G devices and meet spectrum regulations, the companies will have access to the information they need to support all key 5G specifications including worldwide 5G NR bands with non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) support and worldwide 4G LTE bands. The combined flexibility of the RFFE tools will enable companies to design differentiated 5G smartphones to meet performance and cost targets with regional requirements.