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Intel Joins MediaTek On 5G Laptops

The world’s leading maker of microprocessors, Intel, will team with Taiwanese mobile chip developer MediaTek on 5G laptops. The US company sees 5G as the next big thing in the declining personal computer market.

MediaTek and Intel said the two biggest US computer makers, HP and Dell, will be the first to use the new chips, with their 5G-capable laptops expected to debut in early 2021.

Intel has dominated the market for PC central processing units for decades but it is battling manufacturing constraints and losing market share to rival Advanced Micro Devices.

PC maker Asustek said it expects Intel’s CPU chip shortage to last at least into the first half of 2020. Market research firm Gartner forecasts the worldwide PC market to show a slump 1.5 percent in 2019.

MediaTek is a newcomer to serving the laptop market, though it counts major smartphone makers such as Samsung Electronics, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi as clients.

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