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Ericsson saves time and cost for tablet makers

Anuradha Shukla | Sept. 15, 2011
Introduces protocol to simplify adoption of mobile broadband for notebooks and tablets on Windows 8.

Ericsson is enabling manufacturers to easily bring mobile broadband to people buying notebooks and tablets.

The Swedish telecommunications giant has proposed a protocol to this end by collaborating with Microsoft.

Both companies note that those device manufacturers who implement the protocol will not have to install drivers for embedded mobile broadband connectivity or a connection manager.

Also, the support for the protocol will be included in Windows 8. This protocol is being demonstrated this week at the Microsoft BUILD conference in the United States.

"This open communication protocol helps to save both time and cost for notebook and tablet makers," said Mats Norin, head of Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules. "This is true also for the end-user, enabling constant connectivity and simpler updates rather than separate downloads from manufacturer web sites."

Embedded connectivity

Ericsson's mobile broadband modules are supporting the protocol due to collaboration with silicon partners such as AMD, Intel, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments.

Support for this protocol is expected to make the adoption of mobile broadband for the Windows 8-based PC ecosystem smooth.

"As consumers are buying notebooks, netbooks, tablets and other consumer electronics, their expectations on connectivity go up. Ericsson believes in embedded connectivity to help consumers get what they want faster and in the simplest possible way," added Norin.

The new feature will be available on all Ericsson modules starting with the F5321gw, H5321gw and C5621gw.


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