mediatek logo MediaTek combines 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 into a single chip

Taiwanese MediaTek might be famous for creating low-cost feature phone and entry level smartphone processors, but the company also manufactures a wide range of other chips. Last year MediaTek merged with Ralink and MediaTek’s new 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0 combo chip has most likely been born out of that merger.

Taiwanese MediaTek might be famous for creating low-cost feature phone and entry level smartphone processors, but the company also manufactures a wide range of other chips. Last year MediaTek merged with Ralink and MediaTek’s new 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0 combo chip has most likely been born out of that merger.

The new chip is called the MT7650 and it combines dual band, single channel, 433Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0 + HS into a single chip for use in mobile consumer platforms and MediaTek claims that this is a world’s first. The MT7650 is backwards compatible with 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, as well as Bluetooth 2.1. It also supports Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Display, two technologies that should start to become more useful this year as wider support is being enabled.

The press release initially made us read "mobile consumer platforms" as smartphones and tablets, but the last line of the feature list states support for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Linux, so it looks like the MT7650 is primarily targeting fairly large mobile devices such as notebooks. There’s no mention of interface, but we presume the MT7650 is a USB device. MediaTek didn’t supply any availability date for the MT7650, but we’d expect it to arrive in consumer devices sometime in the second half of the year.

Source: MediaTek