SAN DIEGO & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, USA: Qualcomm Inc. and Lenovo Group recently announced that Lenovo will incorporate Qualcomm’s new Gobi2000 technology into the upcoming ThinkPad laptops in the X, T and W Series beginning in 2010 to enable global 3G connectivity.
The Gobi-equipped laptops will provide business users with extensive wireless broadband access both domestically and internationally by leveraging the wide availability of both EV-DO and HSPA wireless networks around the world.
“Gobi mobile Internet connectivity will give our business PC users the convenience of using one simple, built-in device to provide mobile broadband access around the world,” said Sam Dusi, vice president, worldwide ThinkPad product marketing, Lenovo.
“This flexible, multi-carrier solution allows mobile workers to seamlessly connect to new broadband networks as they change locations, while simplifying the work of IT managers, to support users around the globe with a single laptop model.”
“We are pleased that Lenovo will be adopting Gobi technology for the popular ThinkPad laptops,” said Barry Matsumori, vice president of product management at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Embedded wireless connectivity is becoming widely recognized for its inherent benefits for both users and enterprises, and Gobi provides unparalleled flexibility for mobile workforces that need to stay connected.”
Businesses deploying ThinkPad laptops with Gobi technology will be able to standardize on a single hardware platform that can be deployed globally. Each region has the flexibility to provision 3G connectivity on an as-needed basis and to their preferred carrier based on the coverage and pricing plans available in their area.
If an employee relocates to a different region or is traveling outside the home coverage area, Gobi technology supports the ability to switch carriers without having to swap data cards and/or reinvest in a new laptop, reducing the costs to deploy 3G. Gobi technology also includes an integrated GPS receiver for enabling location-based services such as asset tracking, real-time data protection, geo-fencing and navigation.
Qualcomm’s embedded Gobi solutions for laptops and netbooks deliver support for the world’s leading 3G technologies as well as for integrated GPS.