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Ericssson is buying BelAir Technologies to develop devices that integrates cellular technologies and WiFi. Ericsson is pursuing strategy called HetNet or Heterogeneous networks where different combinations of networks are used such as WiFi, 3G and LTE.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform, which integrated a app processor and WWAN modem has been widely adopted by smartphone and tablet manufacturers. Nvidi’a purchased cellular chipset maker Icera to offer WWAN capabilities with its Tegra processors. ZTE Mimosa, a smartphone expected to be availabel in Q2 will integrate dual-core CPU, GeForce GPU and Icera’s 450 HSPA+ modem. Icera’s chipsets have been incorporated in variety of 3G modules.
Future Mobile technology has launched netsurferTOUCH with an embedded 3G module. It has ARM A9 processor,512 MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. The company is positioning netsurferTOUCH as a cheaper alternative to iPad or Samsung Galaxy.
Samsung introduced 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 which will launch in the UK. Tab 2 will run Android 4.0 and will support HSPA+ 21 Mbps on teh 3G-enabled version. Samsung’s earlier tablets historically had on-board-chip solutions for WWAN instead of the discrete 3G module. We would have to wait for Galaxy Tab 2 teardown report fo find out if it has separate HSPA+ 3G module or integrated design.
Qualcomm Life Fund a $100 million venture managed by Qualcomm Ventures is investing in AirStrip Technologies.Airstrip is planning to use Qualcomm’s 2net Platform for a health monitoring product. Qualcomm’s 2net hub is a gateway device that supports connectivity through Bluetooth, Bluetooth Loe Energy, WiFi adn ANT+ protocols. 2net uses 3G module for WWAN connectivity that operates in HSDPA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM network. 2net offers 3.6 Mbps peak download speed and 384 Kbps peak upload speed.Here is the specification for 2net 3G gateway device.
Apple has sues Motorola Mobility to stop Motorola from asserting patent cliams against Apple in Germany. Motorola is one of the essential patent holder for 3G standards – GSM, GPRS , UMTS etc. Device manufacturers generally cross-license their patents. Motoroal calims that it offered Apple the license to build 3G devices, but Apple didn;t take it.Apple argumet is that the terms of Motorola’s licensing were not fair.
FCC has released a map that shows areas within United States that does not have 3G service. Those areas are identified as potentially eligible for Mobility Fund Phase 1 support. The map shows large parts of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Txeas, Arizona lacking 3G service.
According to The Register, The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is running a pilot program to equip its community care nurses and therapists with 3G-enabled tablets and smartphones. This will enable to access NHS trust’s policies and other documents in real-time.