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WIRELESS: SFR to launch HSPA connected Mobile Internet Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 28.10.08 - 09:08:36 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 15163x
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Another threat for Windows Mobile? Option today announced that SFR, a major French operator, has unveiled two Linux-based Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs): The SFR M! PC Pocket 3G+ and the Archos 3G+, that connect to the operator's national HSPA mobile broadband network via embedded modules from Option. The SFR M! PC Pocket 3G+ is also the first device incorporating Option's Linux-based connection management software. The new SFR M! PC Pocket 3G+ - a MID with HSPA connectivity featuring a 4.8" touchscreen, slide-out keyboard, Intel Atom CPU and 4 GB integrated memory enables anywhere, anytime access to the internet and popular web-based services such as email, instant messaging and social networks.

The Archos 3G+ - a MID with HSPA connectivity which features a 4.8" touchscreen with 16 million colors and a storage capacity up to 30 GB - gives users an entirely new way to enjoy the Web, digital media and TV on a thin and extremely fast handheld tablet.

Option embarked on an initiative to become the leading supplier of 3G wireless broadband connectivity to the emerging market for MIDs in 2007. Option's acquisition of BenQ/Siemens Mobile R&D team last year, combined with its Intel collaboration, has made Option an important partner for MID ODMs and OEMs. Option and Intel recently extended their collaboration to include the development of a new 3.5G HSPA embedded module for the "Moorestown" platform, Intel's next generation Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform. MID forecasts from independent analysts range from 90-136 million units a year by 2012.

Cheers ~ Arne


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