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07 April 2009

Gobi embedded 3G module enables notebooks with location-based services.

GPS capabilities on netbooks enables workforce tracking.

GPS positioning capabilities are being added on to notebook computers, netbooks and mobile internet services through the use of Qualcomm’s Gobi module. Leading software companies such as Microsoft, DeLorme and Absolute Software are leveraging this capability by developing products targeted at consumers and enterprises.

“Leading OEMs now offer a wide range of notebooks and netbooks with Qualcomm's Gobi module for multi-mode mobile broadband connectivity and GPS,” said Mike Concannon, senior vice president of connectivity for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “This provides a key opportunity for software companies to develop applications for notebooks that bring navigation and other location-aware services to consumers and businesses.”

Applications leveraging the GPS capabilities of Qualcomm's Gobi module include products targeted for consumers and for enterprises, including:

*From Microsoft: Streets & Trips travel and map software for consumers; Mappoint business mapping and analysis software.
*From DeLorme: Three different options are available, all with up-to-date cartographic detail, automatic routing, and GIS capabilities:
- Street Atlas USA for street-level navigation in the U.S. and Canada, and four million places of interest.
- Topo USA for street-level data of the U.S. and Canada, four million places of interest, and topographic maps with land use and land cover detail.
*XMap for GIS mapping professionals and mobile workforces.
*From Absolute: Computrace LoJack for computer theft recovery; Computrace Complete for persistent IT asset management, real-time data security, geolocation and theft recovery capabilities.

The recently announced Gobi2000 module, expected to launch in commercial devices this summer, builds on the multi-mode broadband capabilities of the first-generation Gobi1000 module to deliver enhanced positioning capabilities with Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) and gpsOneXTRA Assistance Technology, which delivers enhanced operation for standalone-GPS via assistance data when A-GPS is not available.

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