MediaTek has today announced its T750 5G chipset, a highly integrated, low-power T750 5G chip for 5G NR sub-6GHz frequencies (non mmWave), which will enable the next generation 5G CPE wireless products, such as fixed wireless access routers (FWA) and mobile hotspots.
These devices will enable people in areas where FTTH (fibre to the home) isn’t possible to experience improved broadband services, and without the disruption that traditional, cable-based options incur. With FWA, you essentially have a plug-and-play broadband solution that provides greater flexibility, and opens up the broadband market to more competition.
“Pervasive high-speed broadband connectivity is becoming more important with the increase in connected devices and the surge of people working from home, taking online classes and using services like tele-health and video calling,” said JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless communications business unit. “We are extending our 5G leadership beyond the smartphone segment with the T750 chipset, opening up new markets for broadband operators and device makers, and helping consumers – no matter where they live – to experience all the advantages of 5G connectivity.”
Enabling 5G FWA services
According to MediaTek, this new chipset boasts a 7nm compact chip design, and comes with an integrated 5G radio and quad-core Arm CPU. And the company hopes that it will help device makers to build high performance consumer premise equipment products in the smallest form factors possible.
Analyst firm IDC expects the global 5G and LTE router and gateway market to grow from approximately $979 million in 2019 to just under $3 billion in 2024. Counterpoint Research also projects 5G fixed wireless access growing from 10.3M subscribers in 2020 to over 450M subscribers by 2030.
“Operators can take advantage of 5G capabilities, high bandwidth and low latency to offer 5G FWA services supporting fiber-like experience for consumers and businesses. As adoption of live video streaming and latency intensive applications such as gaming, AR/VR based online applications is increasing, 5G FWA services are expected gain momentum,” said Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst from ABI Research. “MediaTek’s 5G chipsets for FWA routers will certainly fulfill the market demand as well as accelerate the competition in the FWA CPE ecosystem. In addition, the support of sub-6GHz band is a perfect solution for many of the operators planning to achieve wide service coverage in a short time frame.”
The MediaTek T750 chipset supports 5G sub-6GHz frequencies and two component carrier aggregation (2CC CA) for extended coverage, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor fixed wireless access products, like home routers, as well as mobile hotspots. In addition, the T750 design, which includes a 5G NR FR1 modem, quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processors and the required peripherals all on a single chip, offers performance and time-to-market advantages that speed up ODM/OEM development times.
For more information about MediaTek’s 5G portfolio, you can visit: https://i.mediatek.com/mediatek-5g.