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Gobi – the hotspot killer arrives?

Gobi

Qualcomm has just announced its MDM1000 Gobi global mobile Internet chipset for notebook computers. This is a big deal because it allows laptop makers to embed full on cellular broadband and GPS functionality in every machine that comes off the conveyer belt. Remember how laptop embedded WiFi chips powered the rise and rise of home wireless networking and 802.11 in general? Well expect the same kind of disruptive effect from this technology, only in favour of cellular broadband.

The two immediate effects it will have once there’s widespread adoption is to drive a huge uptake in GPS based location applications, and also to herald the death knell for Wimax and even public WiFi hotspots. Long time readers of the Ferret will know that I’ve predicted the death of WiFi for a while, but now I’m feeling that it’s just a year or two away. High speed mobile broadband is super fast and most crucially it’s ubiquitous – no hunting around for a cafe connection, it connects where your mobile does. The integrated GPS should also make it much easier to locate stolen notebooks and embed ‘phone home’ functionality for security. Expect to see products roll-out late next year. This is Good News, folks. [via Telebusillis]

 Notebooks featuring the multi-mode Gobi solution can take advantage of the high-speed mobile Internet services offered by leading network operators in virtually all parts of the world, as well as GPS. The Gobi solution is meeting the demand from leading notebook manufacturers for worldwide connectivity capabilities beyond Wi-Fi and is being certified to operate on CDMA2000 EV-DO and UMTS HSPA networks worldwide. The Gobi solution is available today, and enterprise and consumer notebooks powered by Gobi are expected to be commercially available in the second quarter of 2008.

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