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February 28, 2013

New Telit Data Cards to be Based on Intel's LTE/DC-HSPA+ and HSPA+ Design

Today, Telit provides global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in over 80 countries around the world. With more than 12 years exclusive experience in M2M the company is poised to take advantage of the incredible growth taking place in this industry. It supplies scalable products with great compatibility that are interchangeable across families, generations and technologies. The introduction of its new family of data cards in the new M.2 Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) will be based on Intel’s designs for LTE/DC-HSPA+ and HSPA+.

The new cards will improve on the technology currently being used by Telit, which is mPCIe modules in HSPA+ and 1xEvDO cellular technologies. The new platform will be targeting adopter applications such as Ultrabook, laptops, tablets and commercial and industrial devices as M.2 replaces the current mPCIe.

The collaboration between Intel and Telit has been a long one starting back in 2002 when the companies agreed to design and market data card products. The new M.2 family of data cards will include LN930 and HN930 designed to meet the demands of global, regional and speed requirements from new LTE/DC-HSPA+ and HSPA+ applications in mobile computing and devices.

The new line of data cards will have speeds of up to 100 Mbps for downlink and 50 Mbps for uplink; Dual Carrier HSPA+ 42 Mbps downlink and 11.5 Mbps uplink; and HSPA+ 21 Mbps downlink and 5.76 Mbps uplink.

"Until recently, a large cellular infrastructure equipment vendor held a 50% market share in the data card market used in mobile computing, primarily with the mPCIe format. However, this supplier has exited the market representing a potentially disruptive development in the supply chain. Telit is perfectly positioned to step in to fill the gap given the high confidence level we enjoy with our customers, particularly OEMs with respect to long-term, high-volume supply as well as our strong global and local support structure," said Oozi Cats, Telit CEO, in a statement.

The M.2 data card is a subcompact ultra-slim unit with a global satellite positioning technology and certified drivers for the Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. The firmware switching standards allows the host operating system and drivers with the ability to switch the firmware of the card to work with the available cellular network, avoiding compatibility issues in non-operator branded consumer products. A SIM card issued by the consumer or operator inserted into the PCs SIM card slot can switch the trigger. The M.2 can be connected to the host device whether it is a PC or a tablet through a USB 3.0 connection supporting selective suspend (SS) and link power management (LPM).

"Intel is pleased to be working with Telit to bring to market highly competitive modules offering worldwide coverage, high performance, and an optimized user experience. Telit 3G and 4G M.2 modules take advantage of Intel's experience in ramping cellular technology globally in smartphone devices, along with integration, validation, and optimization in Intel computing platforms," said Horst Pratsch, head of Product Line Modules & M2M at Intel Corporation.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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