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Ericsson has unveiled what it states is the world’s first commercially available module for consumer electronics devices, to utilise the high speeds of HSPA Evolution networks.
 
The F5521gw module is designed to provide users with the fastest mobile broadband experience available in embedded devices such as notebooks, netbooks and tablet PCs. It is capable of download speeds of up to 21 Mbps with upload speeds reaching 5.76 Mbps.
 
This module combines high performance, cost-effectiveness as well as lower power consumption in order to supply manufacturers with an effective and easy solution to embed mobile wireless high-speed connectivity in consumer electronics devices.
 
“Our next-generation module delivers a superior user experience at an affordable price,” stated Mats Norin, vice president of Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules. “With 63 HSPA Evolution networks up and running and another 116 networks planned around the world, data is now becoming available at high speeds. Our HSPA Evolution module reiterates Ericsson’s commitment to help create a future where everything that can benefit from a connection will have one.”
 
Ericsson’s F5521gw module also boasts embedded GPS functionality and the company’s Wake-on Wireless capability, allowing the device to be connected even while it is in sleep mode. Wake-on Wireless also enables a wide range of additional features, such as the ability to remotely “wake” the device, subscribe to content push services and receive updates at any time.
 
Intel has also joined forces with Ericsson on this project to make the F5521gw module interoperable with the latest generation of Intel Anti-Theft Technology (version 3.0), which offers a proactive security capability by remotely disabling a computer using encrypted text messages even when the operating system is not running (out-of-band).
 
“The collaboration with Ericsson on Intel Anti-Theft Technology has yielded very robust security capabilities available to notebooks,” says Anand Pashupathy, general manager of Anti-Theft Services, PC Client Services, Intel Corp.
 
“Thanks to the direct communication between the new Ericsson modules and the hardware that hosts Intel AT, we have been able to provide businesses and consumers the ability to react very quickly when a PC is lost or stolen. Shortly after the PC is turned on, and even before the operating system is running, a missing PC can be disabled and/or located. And when found, it can be very quickly and conveniently reactivated, all via encrypted text messages.”
 
Ericsson’s F5521gw mobile broadband module supports major and open source operating systems and will be available globally as of October 2010.

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