Belgian wireless outfit Option has produced a 4G modem that takes up the same space inside a netbook or tablet as the company's previous 3G-enabled model. The GTM801 is based around Qualcomm's universal-standard Gobi MDM9215 and, even better, is already designed to support Windows 8 -- so we can at least hope that the first or second wave of tablets for Microsoft's new OS will be able to access 4G natively, for when we need to work Facebook on the go. Given that all of Option's tech is Gobi-based, you'll also have backwards compatibility with pretty much every standard ever invented, which is good if you don't live in the middle of an LTE zone.
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Option announces LGA MODULE FOR 4G LTE

Option's GTM801/GTM809 LGA module is footprint compatible with the GTM601/GTM609 LGA module, delivering a flexible 3G/4G LTE platform for embedded connectivity

Leuven, Belgium – February 29, 2012 – Option (EURONEXT: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY), a global leader in wireless connectivity, security and experience, today announces its new 4G LTE module, the GTM801 which is footprint compatible with the 3G LGA module, the GTM601. Option's embedded solutions provide flexible alternatives: manufacturers can design tablets or ultra-portable notebooks using the same layout to offer either 3G with the GTM601 or 4G LTE with the GTM801 to meet diverse market needs.

Both modules are designed to support Windows 8 and the USB-IF Mobile Broadband Interface (MBIM) specification. The GTM801 is designed around Qualcomm's Gobi TM 4G LTE chipset, the MDM9215TM. Option has a long-standing relationship with Qualcomm and uses Gobi chipsets across its entire module portfolio.

"Option continues to provide leadership by delivering a connectivity portfolio that is flexible, scalable and footprint compatible," said Bernard Schaballie, General Manager Embedded Solutions at Option. "Option connectivity solutions are able to support next generation operating systems and networks by using cutting edge chipset technology from Qualcomm."

"We are enthusiastic to see Option providing innovative, thin solutions for mobile devices ," said Fram Akiki, senior director, product management at Qualcomm. "Our Qualcomm Gobi 3G and 4G LTE chipsets enable connectivity for a broad range of devices."

Option is showcasing its embedded solutions at Embedded World in Nuremberg on stand 4A512.