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Gobi2000 module supports 5.76Mbit/s uplink

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gobi HSPA module? HSPA network? 3G?


Qualcomm Inc. has launched its second-generation embedded Gobi module, delivering multi-mode 3G mobile Internet access on either High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) or CDMA2000 EV-DO networks in markets around the world.

The Gobi2000 module offers a wide range of enhancements, including support for additional radio frequencies, increased data speeds, enhanced GPS functionality and support for additional OS such as Windows 7. Currently sampling, the Gobi2000 module is expected to be in laptops scheduled for commercial launch in the second half of 2009.

The module adds support for additional radio frequencies within the 800MHz and 900MHz bands, including UMTS900 which is often used for rural areas in Europe. Improved uplink capabilities, with support for up to 5.76Mbit/s via HSUPA, translates to even faster upload speeds for laptops equipped with Gobi2000 technology. The GPS functionality of the Gobi2000 module has been further improved with support for Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) and gpsOneXTRA Assistance Technology, which delivers enhanced operation for standalone-GPS via assistance data when A-GPS is not available. Gobi2000 technology also supports an expanded range of OS, including integration with Windows 7, to enable an optimal 3G connectivity experience.

"Qualcomm's first-generation Gobi module has been broadly accepted as seven of the world's 10 largest notebook OEMs have adopted Gobi, and we are now expanding our Gobi roadmap with a second-generation product that delivers enhanced functionality in response to industry demands," said Mike Concannon, senior VP of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The Gobi2000 module offers a broad range of performance enhancements that will further accelerate the market growth of embedded 3G connectivity."

"Microsoft sees embedded 3G connectivity becoming an increasingly standard feature in mobile computing, and we believe that Gobi2000 will help drive the exponential growth of the market," said Gary S. Greenbaum, director of business development for Windows Networking at Microsoft Corp. "We believe Gobi notebook and netbook customers will experience the long-sought desire for ubiquitous connectivity."

"The Gobi module delivers significant benefits not only to notebook users seeking flexibility in connectivity, but also to the entire industry," said Carol Hess-Nickels, director, worldwide business notebook marketing, personal systems group, HP. "HP has implemented first-generation Gobi into multiple notebook models across our portfolio, and we are looking forward to leveraging the enhancements in Gobi2000 in future notebook offerings."

The Gobi2000 solution includes Qualcomm's MDM2000 chipset, associated HMA-compliant software and APIs, and a reference design for a software-defined configurable data modem supporting EV-DO Rev. A and HSPAwith full backward compatibility.

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