Intel was developing a 5G modem and reportedly had Apple signed up to use it. Then rumors started to circulate that Intel was looking to sell its modem business. In July Apple said it would buy Intel's smartphone business including several patents and about 2,000 Intel employees for $1 billion.
Intel has now struck a partnership with MediaTek under which Intel will define a 5G system specification including a 5G modem to be developed and delivered by MediaTek.
This is line with Intel's Athena Project which is effectively a project to define the 2020 generation of Windows PC around Intel processors.
Intel said the first products to include the 5G modem from MediaTek would be available early in 2021 and that Dell and HP are expected to deliver laptop computers based on the MediaTek 5G modem.
"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," said Gregory Bryant, general manager of Intel's client computing group, in a statement.
"With this partnership, consumers will be able to browse, stream and game faster on their PCs, but we also expect them to innovate with 5G in ways we have not yet imagined," said Joe Chen, president of MediaTek in the same statement.