April 6, 2008 6:43 PM PDT

Laptop makers adopt 3G Gobi chipset

Laptop makers adopt 3G Gobi chipset
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Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo are to incorporate Qualcomm's Gobi chipset into their laptops later this year.

Gobi, which Qualcomm released in October 2007, is a chipset that allows travelers to connect to both High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) networks. Both are types of "super-3G" but are incompatible.

HSPA is used in Europe and much of the rest of the world, while EV-DO is used in North America and parts of Australasia.

The disparity between HSDPA and EV-DO networks has led to a situation where, despite data-roaming agreements between companies such as Vodafone (in the U.K.) and Verizon (in the U.S.), a subscriber to either operator is forced to switch data cards if traveling between the regions.

"The Gobi solution enables enterprise users and consumers with the freedom of being untethered from Wi-Fi hot spots and connecting to the Internet using 'almost anywhere' cellular broadband connectivity," Greg Raleigh, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, said last week. "We are pleased that Dell will be (using) the flexibility and efficiency Gobi provides to meet the growing needs of mobile data users."

Ken Bond, Dell's director of wireless product management, said the move would allow the laptop manufacturer to address the needs of "customers (who) are demanding more freedom to compute the way they want, where they want."

David Meyer of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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I think I see the problem here...
Kinda funny how HSPDA is spelled HSPA in the article at least twice before being referred to as HSPDA.

also I like how I've been using HSPDA in the US for the last two years. The LG Cu500 is still gold.
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Um, so?
"Kinda funny how HSPDA is spelled HSPA in the article at least
twice before being referred to as HSPDA."

Why is this funny? Isn't HSPDA (High-Speed Downlink Packet
Data Access) just a specific form of HSPA (High-Speed Packet
Access)?

"also I like how I've been using HSPDA in the US for the last two
years. The LG Cu500 is still gold."

Again, I fail to see your point. The article is about a new chipset
that supports both HSPA (UMTS) and EVDO (CDMA). What does
this have to do with prior availability of either one alone?
Posted by emailboy (2 comments )
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EVDO should now be recognized as the "standard prgressive technology" for this genre application adjunct parallel hypertense telecomminication development; encompassing all recent milestone strategy. Now, there will be evolution, but, at least EVDO is the shepherd your future developers will orient their evolution, untill the next dimension is attainable. Good-Luck and Prosper.
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