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Qualcomm's Gobi gets Panasonic Tough(book)

Posted: 12 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gobi Toughbook? embedded? solution mobile Internet?

Panasonic Computer Solutions Co will offer Qualcomm's new Gobi global mobile Internet solution in its entire line of rugged laptops. Toughbook mobile computers featuring the multi-mode Gobi solution can take advantage of high-speed mobile Internet services offered by leading network operators in virtually all parts of the world.

In addition, two of Panasonic's Gobi-enabled, fully rugged laptops, the convertible tablet Toughbook 19 and flagship Toughbook 30 notebook, have received certification from Verizon Wireless for use on its CDMA2000 EV-DO network.

According to the companies, the combination of the embedded Gobi solution and Panasonic's Carrier Selection Application software enables Toughbook laptops to operate on both CDMA2000 and W-CDMA (UMTS) wireless networks and allows seamless network selection within a single device. Gobi's software-defined modem saves IT managers from having to physically remove notebooks from the field to make changes, which simplifies operations and management of field assets and helps maintain business continuity. Should a network change become necessary, Panasonic's connection manager software's intuitive "point-and-click" interface enables field workers to connect seamlessly to new mobile broadband networks in geographic areas where their usual wireless service provider might not offer coverage.

The Gobi-enabled Toughbook 19 and Toughbook 30 laptops will be available exclusively through authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers beginning in October. Panasonic anticipates it also will secure Gobi certification from Sprint. The company plans to introduce Gobi technology into all of its mobile computing products by the end of Q1 09.

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