It looks like Novatel isn't the only outfit that's figured out something useful to do with Qualcom's Wearable Mobile Device module designs. In advance of CTIA 2010 the kids at AnyDATA have announced the new DTW line of embedded 2G and 3G wireless modules. At 21 x 22 x 4.5mm they're smaller than a quarter, which means that your dream of having a wireless quarter might someday be realized! (But not a wireless Susan B. Anthony Dollar -- that would be crazy.) All modules in the line include GPSs and accelerometers, and at least two of 'em -- the DTW-200 (CDMA 1X) and DTW-500 (3G EVDO Rev A) modules -- feature A-GPS as well. Check out the PR after the break for all the details juicy details -- you know, except price and availability. Apparently those are still TBA.
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Tiny Embedded 2G And 3G Modules Created For Mobile Internet Devices

March 18, 2010

Irvine, CA - AnyDATA Corporation, a global leader in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices, announced the DTW series of low cost embedded CDMA and GSM/HSPA modules designed for mobile Internet devices. The tiny broadband modules measure only 21mm x 22mm x 4.5mm, which is smaller in size than a quarter and weighs only 4 grams. The wireless modules serve as the communications platform for a wide array of connected devices, including digital photo frames, mobile healthcare devices, smart grid and meter readers, automotive telematics, as well as interactive multimedia terminals.

AnyDATA is producing multiple versions of the broadband embedded wireless modules that are based upon Qualcomm's Wearable Mobile Device module designs. All modules in the AnyDATA DTW series include GPS for real-time tracking and accelerometer for motion sensing applications. Engineering samples of the AnyDATA wireless modules will be available in April for OEM customers.

The DTW series of miniature embedded modules will utilize the same 90-pin connector and USB 2.0 interface. This enables device companies to utilize different versions of the modules to cost effectively operate on various cellular networks. The AnyDATA DTW-200 module operates on CDMA 1X networks while the AnyDATA DTW-500 utilizes 3G EVDO Rev A technology. Both wireless modules support the RUIM interface and operate on CDMA 800 and 1900 MHz frequencies. The embedded modules feature A-GPS location that enables indoor tracking of the device without seeing the GPS satellites.

The AnyDATA DTW-400 module operates on UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks, while the DTW-600 version operates on quad band GSM networks as well as tri-band UMTS networks that support high speed HSPA technology.

"We are pleased to continue AnyDATA's trademark innovation by offering these tiny, embedded 2G and 3G data modules," said Dr. Soon B. Shin, CEO of AnyDATA. "We believe this small form factor will enable a new category of connected consumer devices for better healthcare, personal security, and anywhere Internet connectivity."

"Qualcomm's Wearable Mobile Device module design leverages our chipset technology to provide high performance in a very small form factor," said Jack Steenstra, vice president of engineering. "AnyDATA's new module products will open entirely new opportunities for developers seeking to create wearable wireless products."

AnyDATA will be demonstrating the new DTW series of modules along with its other products including world class smartphones, 3G USB modems, mini-PCIE modules, and personal tracking devices in its booth at the upcoming International CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas. Visit the AnyDATA CTIA booth at location 6329 for product demonstrations.

SOURCE: AnyDATA Corporation

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AnyDATA to preview new embedded 2G, 3G wireless modules at CTIA