Ericsson has designed its second generation of the F3307 mobile broadband module for tablet computers and other consumer electronic devices. Showcased at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, the module requires minimal power consumption and enables manufacturers to quickly equip tablets and other consumer electronic devices with integrated mobile broadband wireless connectivity. Mats Norin, vice president, Ericsson Mobile Broadband Modules, says, “Tablet computers are creating a new portable window to the world by redefining the way we connect to the internet and share and search for information. Combining our cost-effective mobile broadband solution with the innovation of tablets, Ericsson is enabling connectivity anywhere at any time.” Based on ST-Ericsson’s M34x HSPA 7.2 Mbps thin modem platform, the F3307 module offers high performance, reducing power consumption by up to 50 percent in comparison with previous generations, thereby extending battery life and enabling the key feature of always-on connectivity in portable devices, informs the company. The optimized module, with a download speed of up to 7.2Mbps and an upload speed of up to 5.76Mbps enables tablet users to directly access the internet through HSPA. Ericsson modules are also pre-approved by mobile operators allowing device manufacturers to cut the product launch phase by shortening the final certification process and enabling faster time to market. The module also features Quick Connect, enabling an embedded device to connect to the internet just seconds after resuming from sleep mode, giving end users the seamless experience of always being connected. The company is also working closely with Intel, optimizing the F3307 mobile broadband module with their upcoming line of processors for tablets codenamed ‘Oak Trail’. Ericsson’s F3307 mobile broadband module supports major and open source operating systems and is commercially available on the global market.