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November 17, 2011

Commercial Availability of Qualcomm's Gobi 4000 Platform Announced

The Gobi family of embedded data connectivity platforms has a new addition, Gobi 4000, a platform that is based on Qualcomm's top multimode 3G/4G wireless modems, the MDM9600 and MDM9200.

The platform includes a common software interface or Gobi API for connection management development. Both LTE/HSPA+ and LTE/EV-DO designs can be now offered by customers. The growing demand for embedded 3G/4G connectivity in mobile devices worldwide can be therefore met. Novatel Wireless and Sierra Wireless have now made available Gobi 4000-based modules.

According to Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, consumers are provided an uncompromised mobile connectivity experience with the embedded modules based on the new Gobi 4000 technology. The experience provided is in terms of download speeds and flexibility.

"To make Gobi 4000 available to as many consumers as possible, Qualcomm has worked hard to ensure that OEMs can use the platform on many commonly used personal computing, tablet and e-reader operating systems, including Windows and Android, and hardware architectures, such as our powerful Snapdragon dual-core and quad-core processors," Amon said.

The Gobi Application Programming Interface or API with LTE extensions is featured by the latest Gobi-enabled 4G platform from Qualcomm. Top connectivity standards like CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A and B, HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, and LTE are compatible with the Gobi platform. The Gobi 4000 platform also has backwards compatibility to HSPA and EV-DO. Software enhancements for select MDM chipsets are also included.

Multiple device classes are spanned by Qualcomm’s diverse chipset and software product portfolio. An embedded Gobi 4000 platform for high-speed 4G LTE support can be now selected by system designers. They can alternatively also select an embedded Gobi 3000 platform for worldwide 3G connectivity.

Kirk Schell, executive director and general manager of Dell's Business Client Product Group said, "Qualcomm's Gobi 4000 platform provides the 4G LTE support our customers demand for mobility in Dell's Latitude E6420 laptops. We look forward to giving our customers fast 4G network connections and increased productivity with the addition of the Gobi 4000 modules to our mobile broadband technology offerings."

Carolyn John is a Contributor to MobilityTechzone. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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