Novatel Wireless has launched a PC card for OEMs and laptop manufacturers to integrate high-speed 3G wireless functionality into their products.
Novatel said the EU850D Expedite Embedded Module provides data rates up to 7.2Mbps with a more secure and reliable connection than Wi-Fi. It offers 850MHz, 1900MHz, and 2100MHz bands on high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) and UMTS networks. It also includes an integrated SIM slot that eliminates the need for OEMs to develop a slot in the host device.
Novatel said that by reducing the design and wiring constraints, OEM partners will be able to develop better products at lower costs. It said network operators will also benefit from lowered demands on their networks and the ability to increase network capacity while delivering higher throughput performance.
Brad Weinert, president at Novatel Wireless, said: The EU850D was designed with the specific needs of our OEM customers in mind and offers added value by reducing certification costs and improving time-to-market.
Novatel said the product is backwards-compatible with GPRS/EDGE networks to offer a continuous connection when roaming outside of 3G coverage areas. The inclusion of a next-generation diversity and equalizer chipset and advanced receiver technologies means connection is maintained regardless of radio conditions or movement in and out of buildings.