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Ericsson module enables embedded 3G in tablets



Ericsson has unveiled its second generation of the F3307 mobile broadband module, specifically designed for tablet computers and other consumer electronic devices.
Pre-certified with the world’s largest HSPA networks, the advanced module requires minimal power consumption and enables manufacturers to quickly equip tablets and other consumer electronic devices with integrated mobile broadband wireless connectivity.
Mats Norin, Vice President of Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules, says: “Tablet computers are creating a new portable window to the world by redefining the way we connect to the internet and share and search for information. Combining our cost-effective mobile broadband solution with the innovation of tablets, Ericsson is enabling connectivity anywhere at any time.”

Based on ST-Ericsson’s leading M34x HSPA 7.2 Mbps thin modem platform, the F3307 module combines performance, simplicity and lower power consumption at an attractive cost for manufacturers. The module maintains the high performance expected from Ericsson modules, while reducing power consumption by up to 50%in comparison with previous generations, thereby extending battery life and enabling the key feature of always-on connectivity in portable devices.

The optimised module, with a download speed of up to 7.2Mbps and an upload speed of up to 5.76Mbps, enables tablet users to directly access the Internet through HSPA, the leading mobile broadband technology in almost 150 countries worldwide. Ericsson modules are also preapproved by mobile operators allowing device manufacturers to cut the product launch phase by shortening the final certification process and enabling faster time to market.

The module also features Quick Connect, which enables an embedded device to connect to the Internet just seconds after resuming from sleep mode, essentially giving end users the seamless experience of always being connected.

Ericsson is also working closely with Intel, optimising the F3307 mobile broadband module with their upcoming line of processors for tablets codenamed “Oak Trail.”

Erik Reid, Director of Marketing, Mobile Platforms Group, Intel Corp., says: “Built-in mobile broadband provides the instant connectivity that tablet computers require to be truly portable. By working closely with Ericsson, we are helping manufacturers get their new products to market faster with the most capabilities with the optimization for our upcoming tablet platform, ‘Oak Trail.’”

Ericsson’s F3307 mobile broadband module supports major and open source operating systems and is commercially available on the global market.