Ericsson released a pair of announcements today to coincide with the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. One involves its module for embedded 3G in tablets, and the other is the October availability of a module for notebooks and other gadgets running on 21 Mbps HSPA Evolution networks.
Both modules are based on ST-Ericsson chipset platforms.
The second-generation module for tablets, named F3307, reduces power consumption to help extend battery life and comes with a Quick Connect feature that enables an Internet connection seconds after an embedded device wakes up from sleep mode.
Mats Norin, vice president of Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules, says it all connects back to Ericsson’s vision, which is for 50 billion connected devices by 2020. The module has been pretested, and it’s ready to find its way into the tablets that are sold for the upcoming holiday shopping season.
As for HSPA Evolution – also known as HSPA+ – networks, the F5521gw module is capable of download speeds of up to 21 Mbps, with upload speeds reaching 5.76 Mbps. It’s designed for notebooks, netbooks and tablets and includes embedded GPS functionality. It’s interoperable with the latest generation of Intel Anti-Theft technology, which offers the ability to remotely disable a computer using encrypted SMS messages even when the operating system is not running.
That means that when combined with Ericsson’s Wake-on-Wireless feature and appropriate support, a lost or stolen computer can be immediately disabled, decreasing the amount of time it’s vulnerable to attacks. The F5521gw supports open source operating systems and will be available globally in October.
Norin notes there are now 63 HSPA Evolution networks, with 116 more planned across the globe.