Ericsson to connect Panasonic Toughbooks with mobile broadband

Ericsson announced that all users of new Panasonic Toughbook models launched in 2011
will have access to a flawless internet connection,  even in the most
inhospitable environments, thanks to Ericsson’s F5521gw embedded HSPA Evolution
mobile broadband module.

The Panasonic Toughbook has led the market for rugged laptops for nine years and
has 65.3 percent of the European market (2010, VDC).

Panasonic Toughbooks, which come in both notebook and tablet models, are built to withstand drops,
spills, dust and grime, and are used in the toughest environments – ranging
from construction sites to the tallest mountaintops – around the world. In
these extreme conditions, often far from any fixed connection, mobile
connectivity is crucial to effective communications.

Ericsson’s F5521gw module is an ideal addition to our market-leading Panasonic Toughbooks.
The long battery life, low power consumption, high performance and
cost-effectiveness are exactly what Toughbook users need as they work in
environments that would destroy the average laptop,” said Stephen Yeo,
marketing director, Panasonic Computer Products Europe.

Ericsson has a vision of more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020, and Ericsson
mobile broadband modules will play an important part in connecting every
segment of our society,” said Mats Norin, vice president, Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules.


Ericsson ConsumerLab research shows that, regardless of the device they use, many people
are discovering how difficult life is when they are not continuously connected.
Internet everywhere is becoming a prerequisite for consumers as well as
professional users. Devices will therefore be required to work in increasingly
varied environments and situations, and Ericsson can help ensure those
experiences are of the highest quality,” Norin added.

The latest Panasonic Toughbook models are already available, and more products will be
launched throughout 2011. Panasonic Toughbooks feature the Windows 7 operating
system and Intel processors.

Two new modules in even smaller and thinner form factors, also supporting 21Mbps
download speeds, will be available later this year to fit even smaller devices,
such as media players and personal navigation devices. The F5521gw module is
based on the proven ST-Ericsson Thor 21Mbps thin modem, which works on both
WCDMA/HSPA and GSM/EDGE networks.


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