Sony to embed select notebooks with Qualcomm Gobi technology

Sony Electronics and Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that Sony has selected Qualcomm’s Gobi mobile Internet technology for use in its VAIO notebook PC lines.

The embedded Gobi solution enables notebook users to expand beyond WiFi hotspots so they can experience a high speed connection to the Internet via 3G cellular connectivity. Sony is the first notebook manufacturer to make Gobi technology a standard feature in several of its PC models.

Known for style and innovation, VAIO notebooks will initially feature Gobi technology in three of the ultra-portable models, including the VAIO Z, TT and new P series. VAIO models utilizing Gobi technology may vary by region.

Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics, said: “By embedding Qualcomm technology into our notebooks we are offering our customers an attractive combination of performance and ease of use. We expect Gobi 3G connectivity to be a sought-after feature and a significant enhancement.”

Gobi-equipped notebooks provide fast, secure and convenient built-in mobile broadband access and GPS functionality over wireless 3G cellular networks, freeing users from having to carry external data cards or search for WiFi hotspots.

The technology enables users to send and receive email, upload or download photos, receive instant updates to social media sites, and access a wide range of software applications over the Internet on their notebooks – all through 3G cellular networks. A service activation charge and other fees apply.