A Glimpse Of The Future: 12 Mobile Devices From CTIA Wireless Fall 2008

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Elektrobit (EB) unveiled and demonstrated critical applications, like Web browsing and VoIP calling, on its dual-mode satellite-terrestrial HSPA smart phone reference design.

The IP-enabled satellite-terrestrial reference design platform, similar in size to a typical PDA, lets users stay connected to both satellite and terrestrial networks. Using applications on EB's reference platforms ensures that device manufacturers, OEMs and ODMs, can provide next-generation wireless technologies and deliver advanced features.

The reference design is the first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA smart phone with integrated all-IP satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities; the first satellite-terrestrial smart phone with no external antenna; a fully IP-based satellite phone using HSPA; the first smart phone of its kind with a touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard; and the first satellite-terrestrial smart phone based on Microsoft Windows Mobile Professional, with planned service offerings like SSM, MMS, IM, email, push to talk and location based services.

Other features of the EB reference design include 100 MB of memory; and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB and GPS connectivity. The form factor measures 4.7 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.8/0.6 inches. It will be commercially available in the first half of 2009.

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