Ericsson module seen as aid to mobile Internet device growth

Chip will help Ericsson partnership with Intel and will be used with Moorestown processors

Ericsson today announced a new high-speed wireless module intended for mobile Internet devices (MID) and other consumer electronics devices connected to the Internet, such as e-book readers, GPS navigators and media-centric devices.

Called the C 3607w module, it would be used with the next version of Intel's Atom processor for MIDs, known as Moorestown, said Jan Backman, director of marketing for Ericsson's mobile broadband division, in an interview.

The new module is about one-third the size of previous Ericsson modules for wireless connections for computers and uses 40% less power, he said. It supports High Speed Uplink Packet Access network speeds of up to 5.7Mbit/sec. One feature would enable devices to wake up from sleep mode after receiving an alert over the air.

The module, slightly larger than a U.S. quarter, will work separately from a device's processor and can also work with ARM chips, competitors to the Atom chips, Backman said.

It will ship in the first quarter of 2010 and will be purchased by device manufacturers and carriers working on Internet-capable devices. Pricing wasn't disclosed.

Backman said the module was developed in response to a growing industry interest in connecting all types of devices to the Internet, partly to expand their value to users. E-book readers, for example, will be enriched with such a module, giving a user the ability to quickly order a book from anywhere around the world, he said.

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