The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that shipments of laptops with embedded CDMA2000(r) 1xEV-DO high-speed modems have exceeded expectations. 1xEV-DO is the first wireless wide area network (WWAN) technology to be embedded into a PC notebook, and is now shipped by more laptop manufacturers and in more models than any other technology.
There are currently six leading notebook manufacturers: Dell, HP, Itronix, Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba that offer PCs with 1xEV-DO embedded in them.
'Wireless local area network (WLAN) hubs and routers have limited users to comparatively limited access areas,' said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. 'As wireless broadband proliferates, customers need to connect seamlessly and over great distances. Connection via WWAN signals provides the coverage area that users expect, and 1xEV-DO delivers the broadband performance they demand. Once consumers experience the freedom of 1xEV-DO, they won't settle for anything less.'
In particular, enterprise customers are taking advantage of the freedom to connect wherever there is a 1xEV-DO radio signal, an area of coverage that overwhelmingly exceeds that of Wi-Fi or any other radio access technology.
1xEV-DO's capacity for broadband performance and suitability for ubiquitous coverage make it ideal for satisfying the demanding needs of today's enterprises and road-warriors.
The CDG also said embedded 1xEV-DO affords the freedom to connect wherever there is cellular coverage, allowing mobile professionals a greater degree of access and flexibility.
The technology also allows for connectivity during transit, such as trains, taxis, and ferries.
The CDG also said cdma2000 service automatically detects and connects to WWANs when they are available, eliminating searching for coverage, configuration hassles and billing redundancies experienced with Wi-Fi hotspots.
In terms of security, the technology provides authentication and uses spread-spectrum to keep connections and data secure.
In addition, 1xEV-DO embedded notebooks integrate seamlessly with virtual private network (VPN) protocols, allowing IT administrators to enforce a high level of security on remote server access.
Notebooks with embedded 1xEV-DO feature built-in WWAN modules and antennae, eliminating the need for separate wireless cards that can be lost, forgotten, or damaged.