updated 04:35 pm EDT, Wed October 24, 2007
Qualcomm dual-3G chip
Dominant chip supplier Qualcomm has released a chip which may bridge a split in notebook modem technology, writes the Associated Press. While internal cellular modems are still relatively rare in notebooks, these have so far had to connect either to HSPA networks such as AT&T's, or EVDO networks belonging to the likes of Sprint and Verizon. The new Qualcomm Gobi chip is able to connect to both network formats, a fact which may make cellular modems more appealing to computer builders, since they do not have to risk obsolescence or installing two different chips. Similarly, notebook owners should be able to avoid picking a carrier they hate simply because their notebook supports them. Gobi chips should be available in computers as of Q2 2008.