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June 22, 2011

Novatel Wireless Introduces Land Grid Array-based Expedite E162, Expedite E172 Modules

Novatel Wireless has introduced the Expedite E162 and the Expedite E172 modules based on Land Grid Array (LGA), extending its embedded mobile broadband portfolio with the ultra-thin LGA form factor.

These modules have been developed on the proven performance of the Expedite product line, and are optimized for size, thermal performance and high volume manufacturing, according to Rob Hadley, CMO at Novatel Wireless.

The Expedite E162 provides multimode support for LTE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSPA+ and backward compatibility to existing 2G and 3G GSM and CDMA networks, while Expedite E172 provides support for LTE and backward compatibility to dual carrier HSPA+, UMTS, EDGE and GPRS air interfaces.

Hadley said that with the growing market demand for mobile connectivity in new consumer electronic devices, the company has designed this new ultra-thin LGA form factor for LTE to suit the needs of OEM partners.

“We’re seeing strong interest from the entire eco-system for embedded LTE solutions and we're excited to expand our next-generation embedded module portfolio to include the popular LGA form factor,” Hadley said.

Thanks to LGA surface-mount technology, device manufacturers can deliver 4G connectivity with the new LGA Expedite series -- with greater efficiency, flexibility and scalability, he said.

The LGA form factor makes the Expedite E162 and Expedite E172 ideal for small and thin devices -- tablets, entertainment devices, and more -- due to their compact size, thermal dissipation characteristics and advanced power management technology.

Additionally, the new LGA modules expand service possibilities for target devices since they provide enhanced GPS/GNAA capabilities, allowing users to retrieve position data for navigation and location-based applications.

Novatel Wireless designs and develops innovative wireless broadband access solutions based on 3G and 4G wireless technologies.

Recently, Pelephone Communications, one of Israel's telecommunications providers, selected Novatel Wireless mobile broadband devices for its mobile broadband offering.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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