Qualcomm introduced its second-generation embedded Gobi module, delivering multi-mode 3G mobile Internet access on either 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 operating systems 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.
“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 vice president 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.”
The Gobi2000 module adds support for additional radio frequencies within the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands, including UMTS900. Improved uplink capabilities, with support for up to 5.76 Mbps 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 supports an expanded range of operating systems, including integration with Windows 7, to enable an optimal 3G connectivity experience.
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 HSPA – with full backward compatibility.