Hewlett-Packard has formed an alliance with wireless communications products and services company Qualcomm that will let it provide global Internet access to users of its HP business notebooks.
HP will integrate Qualcomm's "Gobi" global mobile internet technology with its notebooks, which it says will enable users to access high-speed wireless connectivity on both CDMA2000 EV-DO and UMTS HSPA networks. The Gobi technology also offers customers a choice of mobile operators and increases international roaming capabilities.
Mike Concannon, vice-president of product management at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, comments: "With the integration of Gobi technology into HP notebooks, the two companies bring unparalleled connectivity to notebook users, enabling them to access the internet without having to search for a WiFi hotspot."
HP says the Gobi technology will be offered on a range of 2008 HP notebook products, including ultra-portable, balanced mobility, and performance categories. The embedded Gobi application includes Qualcomm's MDM1000 chipset, associated software and API and a software-defined configurable data module supporting both EV-DO Rev A and HSPA.
Qualcomm says other notebook manufacturers, including Lenovo and Panasonic, are also embedding Gobi in their notebooks.