Nokia and Intel have joined forces to deliver long-range wireless connectivity in laptops.
Nokia has developed an HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) connectivity module for notebook computers, which Intel will sell to notebook manufacturers as part of its next-generation Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology platform.
The connectivity module will be widely available as an embedded option in a variety of notebooks.
HSDPA is around three times faster than 3G and has a longer wireless access range than the Wi-Fi technology currently offered by Intel’s established Centrino mobile access solution for laptops, as it works on mobile operator networks and not within short-distance Wi-Fi hotspots.
Heikki Tenhunen, head of Nokia's connectivity module business programme, said, "This collaboration is good news for notebook users as cellular technology offers superior connectivity and mobility for notebook and other portable device users.”
Dell and Lenovo were among the first laptop makers to announce their intention of launching HSDPA-equipped laptops, but that was before Nokia and Intel launched their own HSDPA module.
The Nokia/Intel solution will support shared 3G, HSDPA and Wi-Fi access.