Lenovo plans to incorporate Qualcomm’s new Gobi2000 technology into upcoming ThinkPad laptops in the X, T and W Series beginning in 2010 to enable global 3G connectivity.
The companies said that the Gobi-equipped laptops will provide business users with wireless broadband access by leveraging the availability of EV-DO and HSPA wireless networks. Each region has the flexibility to provision 3G connectivity and to their preferred carrier based on the coverage and pricing plans available in their area.
According to Lenovo, if an employee relocates to a different region or is traveling outside the home coverage area, the Gobi technology supports the ability to switch carriers without having to swap data cards and/or reinvest in a new laptop, reducing the costs to deploy 3G.
The new technology also includes an integrated GPS receiver for enabling location-based services such as asset tracking, real-time data protection, geo-fencing and navigation.
Sam Dusi, vice president of ThinkPad product marketing at Lenovo, said: Gobi mobile internet connectivity will give our business PC users the convenience of using one simple, built-in device to provide mobile broadband access around the world.
This flexible, multi-carrier solution allows mobile workers to seamlessly connect to new broadband networks as they change locations, while simplifying the work of IT managers, to support users around the globe with a single laptop model.