Date published: Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008
Reporter: Daniel Shen, Taipei
Editor: Steve Shen
Ericsson is in talks with a number of Taiwan makers for cooperation in HSPA mobile broadband modules, focusing on MID (mobile Internet device) products at present, according to Mats Norin, vice president, mobile broadband modules, Ericsson.
Already having delivered its mobile broadband modules for notebooks to Dell, Toshiba, Lenova and LG Electronics, Norin stated that the built-in broadband modules will also find their ways into netbooks, MIDs, PDA devices, gaming machines, digital still cameras and in-car electronics devices.
Ericsson's recent agreement with Intel for brining HSPA mobile data solutions to MIDs also indicates the growing market for mobile broadband modules, according to industry watchers.
Compal Electronics, Taiwan's second largest ODM notebook maker, has already teamed with Ericsson, and the company is currently showcasing a MID featuring a HSPA broadband module from Ericsson at the going IDF (Inter Developer Forum) Taipei.
Citing internal estimates at Ericsson, Norin indicated that demand for consumer electronics goods with a built-in HSPA broadband module is expected to top 100 million units yearly within five years.
Global shipments of mobile broadband modules are expected to start gaining momentum in 2010, Norin stated.
Ericsson in talks with Taiwan makers for extending mobile broadband module cooperation,http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20081021PD209.html accessed on 22 October 2008