Intel teams with Ericsson for 3G mobile broadband
Intel has increased its 3G mobile technology links with mobile networks company Ericsson and will use its HSPA high speed mobile data technology for the next generation of mobile Internet devices (MIDs).
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Intel’s Moorestown platform will incorporate Ericsson HSPA data technology. Based on the Intel Atom processor, Moorestown is Intel’s next generation MID platform which will include HSPA as one of its wireless technologies.
Ericsson is optimising its module for Intel’s next-generation Moorestown platform and Moblin-based Linux operating systems.
The module will work on both WCDMA/HSPA and GSM/EDGE networks worldwide.
“We see great potential in embedding mobile broadband in MIDs, creating new markets in the industry,” said Johan Wibergh, senior v-p and head of networks at Ericsson.
According to Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior v-p and head of the mobile group: “This represents one of the ways to accelerate the global adoption of a new breed of mobile Internet devices.”
Products are expected late 2009 or early 2010.
The HSPA industry standard is now the most commonly used air interface for 3G mobile broadband services and is estimated to have more than 60 million subscribers – a figure that is increasing by 4 million per month.