Ericsson And AT&T Team Up On Two New Embedded Mobile Broadband Modules - HotHardware
Ericsson And AT&T Team Up On Two New Embedded Mobile Broadband Modules

Ericsson And AT&T Team Up On Two New Embedded Mobile Broadband Modules

Embedded 3G clearly has a future, and embedded 4G beyond that. We really saw a major explosion in embedded 3G when U.S. carriers began to sell netbooks on contract last year, and while we haven't really noticed that trend continuing, it's obvious that people want access to a mobile data network in their handheld electronics. From Sony's NGP to the Kindle to a number of new cameras and camcorders, having an embedded 3G just makes a device much more attractive, flexible and multifaceted.


Ericsson is teaming up with AT&T in order to launch two new embedded mobile broadband modules for a variety of consumer electronics. One of them is engineered for small consumer electronics like cameras, e-readers, gaming devices and MP3 players, and the other for tablets and mobile computers. They are 40% smaller, take up less battery power and are faster (download 21Mbps, upload 5.76Mbps) on either HSPA+ (4G) or older networks. The modules make it easy for any electronics designer to incorporate broadband connectivity.


These will be available on the market later this year, and it's hard to say if any of these mysterious products will launch first (or exclusively) on AT&T. It makes sense to think that AT&T would want to embed their network onto a lot of devices, even if they aren't sold in stores necessarily. But then again, AT&T is having trouble just managing their current load. There's a chance that T-Mobile's network will help 'em out, but considering that their 3G networks run on different airwaves right now, it's unlikely...at least initially. Either way, the idea of having more and more gadgets with embedded 3G is very appealing, and we're certainly excited to see where this leads. A 3G-enabled Razer Switchblade? Yes!
0
+ -

I wonder about the gaming side. Where I live I can get 3.84 Mbps on my Iphone but only .1 up and latency anywhere from 305-500 ms. Will mobile ever be a good choice for hardcore gamers? I don't think it will atleast so long as the transmission time from the modile device to the tower and back stays where it's at.

0
+ -

Personally I feel that if companies are allowed to become stagnant such as the cell service companies are doing then cell service will never be good enough for gamers. With that said the cell companies are really going to have to step up their game and beef up their networks because eventually you will not be able to buy a game and install it on your machine everything will be played over the internet and almost "streamed" to your equipment.

0
+ -

IP gaming is an interesting concept. I don't know how big a fan I am of big business owning the game and server and forcing me to pay a subscription fee. Although I see this happening already with in-game dlc. My biggest problem is who decides when to kill a game server. If a game is not popular or has a limited # of user will they shorten the lifespan of the host? I still play some games for instance skate 2 or BF modern combat 2. There are a lot of downsides at the moment, although it would be nice to not have to constantly have to buy a new console, given that the server would be handling the majority of the processes.

0
+ -

I wasn't talking about hardcore gaming on a phone that is absurd in any sense. I was simply relating the speeds on 3g service and how that relates to the speeds that would be found on a mifi in use for gaming. I should have clarified further so that you could understand what I had implied. 

 

0
+ -

I get both of your points here, but really, gaming on a phone and calling it hardcore. Yeah flash games etc I can see on a smart phone, but core games that need response times generally also need a good desktop quality GPU to. I know they all talk about GPU's on smart phones. A Smart phone GPU is not the same quality nor capabilities though. Media streaming and gaming over a network are two very different things. They also depend very highly on whatever applications server, that servers up and down bandwidth, your machines processing and memory capabilities etc. Hardcore gaming may be coming and it may be coming pretty quick (I hear Tegra 3 is coming this year and is a quad core chip, I also know for a fact DDR2 internal memory is on a few phones now. So DDR3 and above cannot be far off, the new ultra small SSD's are being prepared for release by several companies to. The truth is for now hardcore gaming on a 4-4.3" display is maybe possible on an LTE or upgraded Wimax connection, not on HSPA or HSPA+. I would also recommend sitting still when your hardcore gaming on your smart phone somewhere with a righteous signal. I still do not think the term hard core gaming and phones yet go together although it is coming it's not yet here even if it is close.

+1
+ -

I wasn't talking about hardcore gaming on a phone that is absurd in any sense. I was simply relating the speeds on 3g service and how that relates to the speeds that would be found on a mifi in use for gaming. I should have clarified further so that you could understand what I had implied. 

0
+ -

These devices mainly are for communication on a network standard that is a fall back really in many cases for networks that do not have LTE/Wimax capabilities. While these components are nice especially for universal connectivity, in some cases lesser technologies are an excuse for the big boys to say look what we have now it is just as good as that (IE: HASP=4G), really it is the same thing. Then boards that are supposed to mandate things, and have generally until now been very exacting of said protocols get bought, and say oh yeah HSPA/HSPA+ is 4G we guess.

0
+ -

I would agree with you rapid that Hardcore gaming and phones do not go together yet. But by tethering a mobile device to a high end laptop you would then be able to game on the move. But at this point the mobile connections are just not strong enough even on 4G and are still way to spotty. You would have to stay in one spot for sure otherwise you would be dropping connections like crazy.

Login or Register to Comment
Post a Comment
Username:   Password: