Oppo, Vivo and top tier RF suppliers, including Skyworks, Qorvo and Murata have been named as the outfits creating a front end module solution that accommodates 5G components without impacting a smartphone's slim profile and design.
TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek's wireless business unit said: "We're committed to making advanced mobile features accessible to consumers everywhere. Since the rollout of 5G will bring new design challenges for smartphone brands, we're 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, we are positioned to lead this new wave of innovation with the Helio M70 platform and future MediaTek 5G products."
This recent MediaTek led industry cooperation on RFFE gives global smartphone brands a highly optimised, 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, he said.
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 optimised 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.
Frank Stewart, General Manager of Qorvo's RF Solutions Business Unit said that RF architectures were quickly evolving to enable enhanced connectivity in the next generation of mobile devices.
"Qorvo is pleased to be working together with MediaTek to establish a healthy ecosystem for emerging 5G device needs. Using our PA, filter, and switch technologies, as well as our power management architecture, we can deliver a high performance, low-risk path to 5G."
The participating companies will define technical standards and share information around 5G radio frequency 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.
Masa Hashimoto, MuRata RF Module Division General Manager said: "5G service with transmission speeds 100 times faster than current technologies will be fully commercialized. Murata, which internally develops various key devices that form the basis for module configuration and package technologies for modularization, is able to carry out integrated production. Through the collaboration with MediaTek, we expect the substantial growth in the future."