Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Qualcomm launches Gobi 3G-cum-GPS

Qualcomm has launched its new Gobi embedded 3G + GPS device for OEMs to put in their laptops. By and large it is nothing radical and something that is not that relevant to Thailand as few notebooks are even offered with 3G modules, the lack of 3G being one obvious reason. Of more interest is the gpsOneXTRA..

Qualcomm’s Gobi Embedded 3G Module Enables Notebooks with Location-Based Services from Top Software Providers

Microsoft, DeLorme and Absolute Software among Companies

Leveraging GPS Capability of Gobi Module

bANGKOK — April 28, 2009 — Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced that its Gobi™ embedded 3G module is enabling a wide range of location-based services on notebooks and mobile computers. Leading software companies - including Microsoft, DeLorme and Absolute® Software - are leveraging the ability of Qualcomm's Gobi module to bring GPS positioning capabilities to notebook computers, netbooks and mobile Internet devices.

“Leading OEMs now offer a wide range of notebooks and netbooks with Qualcomm's Gobi module for multi-mode mobile broadband connectivity and GPS,” said Mike Concannon, senior vice president of connectivity for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “This provides a key opportunity for software companies to develop applications for notebooks that bring navigation and other location-aware services to consumers and businesses.”

Applications leveraging the GPS capabilities of Qualcomm's Gobi module include products targeted for consumers and for enterprises, including:

  • From Microsoft: Streets & Trips travel and map software for consumers; Mappoint business mapping and analysis software
  • From DeLorme — the innovation leader in mapmaking technology since 1976, and a pioneering GPS provider for more than 12 years — three different options are available, all with up-to-date cartographic detail, automatic routing, and high-end GIS capabilities:
    • Street Atlas USA for street-level navigation in the U.S. and Canada, and four million places of interest
    • Topo USA for street-level data of the U.S. and Canada, four million places of interest, and topographic maps with land use and land cover detail
    • XMap for GIS mapping professionals and mobile workforces
  • From Absolute: Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops for computer theft recovery; Computrace® Complete for persistent IT asset management, real-time data security, geolocation and theft recovery capabilities.

The recently announced Gobi2000™ module, expected to launch in commercial devices this summer, builds on the multi-mode broadband capabilities of the first-generation Gobi1000™ module to deliver enhanced positioning capabilities with Assisted-GPS (A-GPS ) and gpsOneXTRA™ Assistance Technology, which delivers enhanced operation for standalone-GPS via assistance data when A-GPS is not available.

Source: TQPR

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