HP and Qualcomm today announced that they are working together to incorporate Qualcomm's Gobi™ global mobile Internet technology in select 2008 HP business notebooks to enable high-speed connectivity on 3G UMTS HSPA / EV-DO networks with a single wireless solution.
Gobi technology enhances HP notebook customers' choice of mobile operators and will help increase international roaming capabilities1. With a multi-mode Gobi powered HP notebook and an activated carrier service, customers benefit from multiple connection options to the latest network technologies and enhanced capabilities for increased connectivity.
“Qualcomm and HP have long been working together to improve the end-user experience,” said Mike Concannon, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “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 Wi-Fi hotspot. Together the companies continue to meet market needs for mobility."
Gobi technology will be offered on a range of 2008 HP notebook products, including ultra-portable, balanced mobility and performance categories. The addition of Gobi technology allows customers to access wireless networks capabilities beyond a Wi-Fi network to stay connected on various network technologies.1
“HP continually strives to meet the demands of the mobile professional, and we see Qualcomm's Gobi technology as a growing trend for the future of notebook computing,” said Carol Hess-Nickels, Director of Business Notebook Marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Incorporating the Gobi solution into our award-winning notebooks provides HP customers the confidence that their notebook will work on a variety of networks around the world and help keep them connected on the go.”
“Vodafone is committed to growing the market for 3G broadband, with particular focus on the built-in laptop sector. The Gobi platform is a significant step forward, providing greater accessibility to data services for our customers on the move,” said Oliver Mauss, Global Director of Business Marketing of Vodafone. “We are actively engaged with both Qualcomm and HP to deliver 3G broadband connectivity and expect this collaboration to further accelerate mass market adoption.”
The embedded Gobi solution includes Qualcomm's MDM1000™ chipset, associated software and API, and a reference design for a software-defined configurable data module supporting both EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA.
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com. Note to editors: More news from HP, including links to RSS feeds, is available at www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2007 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of Gobi technology components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which Gobi technology is integrated into HP notebooks, the extent and speed to which 3G UMTS HSPA / EV-DO networks are deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2007, and most recent Form 10-Q.
1. Dependent on carrier. Wireless use requires separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area.