Option's refreshed GTM601 / GTM609 module is the smallest with voice, HSPA, EV-DO, GPS, GLONASS, and alphabet soup

Besides a healthy consumer modem business, Option is one of the world's big suppliers of cellular chipsets -- and it just unleashed a particularly interesting one here at CES this week. No bigger than a postage stamp and about as thick as a nickel, the second-generation GTM601 and GTM609 is billed as the world's smallest to support voice, GSM / HSPA, CDMA / EV-DO, GPS, and GLONASS, which stands to make your next phone design (assuming you are, in fact, designing a phone) more svelte and power-conscious than ever before... and as a bonus, it'll work around the world with the world's most popular 2G / 3G standards and frequencies. Follow the break for the full press release.

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Option to CES Exhibitors: "Mobilize Your Products With The World's Smallest 3G Module"

Super-Thin LGA 3G Module Enables
Broadband and Global Connectivity for a New Class of Connected Devices

LAS VEGAS and LEUVEN, Belgium – January 5, 2011 – Companies exhibiting at CES have no other option but Option when they want to quickly, affordably and effectively add mobile broadband wireless connectivity and cellular voice to their consumer and enterprise devices.

Option (Euronext: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY), the award-winning pioneer in embedded broadband wireless solutions, today debuted the world's smallest module to combine GSM/HSPA, CDMA/EV-DO, GPS/ GLONASS and circuit-switched voice, all on a component the size of a postage stamp and as thin as a five-cent coin or a Euro.

The second-generation GTM601/GTM609 modules will power a new breed of consumer and business devices that are ultra-thin, super-fast and globally ready. The modules provide makers of smartphones, tablets, handheld industrial terminals, mobile healthcare devices, digital signage, interactive kiosks, security systems, vehicle infotainment systems and other connected devices with a cost-effective, turnkey solution for adding voice and mobile broadband to their products.

Device manufacturers can easily integrate the modules with their software platforms and applications to deliver the highest quality experience for consumers and businesses. With built in support for Windows, Android, MeeGo and Linux, as well as deep customization, integration and certification services, Option can take devices from concept to production-ready prototypes in as little as three months.

Key features of the GTM601/GTM609 modules include:

• LGA (Land Grid Array) design allowing a very slim product - 26.8 mm by 31.8 mm by only 2 mm thin - with excellent heat dissipation, enabling 3G connectivity in super-thin form factors without sacrificing feature completeness or robustness.

• Worldwide compatibility -- support for GSM/HSPA and CDMA/EV-DO in the world's most widely used spectrum bands, assuring 3G broadband speeds and 2G/2.5G worldwide connectivity.

• Reliable GPS and GLONASS support for applications that require worldwide location information. For example, a delivery business can use the GTM601/GTM609 to continuously track the location of its trucks and teams. This location tracking, with automatic time and location stamping to enable accurate tracking, would allow the business to SMS its next-destination customers that their packages are on the way for delivery.

• True circuit-switched GSM and CDMA voice service for reliable, high-quality voice connectivity in devices such as smartphones, interactive digital signage and kiosks, and home healthcare devices.

The GTM601/GTM609 modules include Option's renowned technical expertise and customer support services. These capabilities enable device vendors – particularly those with no cellular experience – to bring wireless solutions to market quickly and cost-effectively without the cost, risk and lead time of adding the staff, equipment and other resources necessary to develop wireless solutions.

Recently, Lumigon, a Scandinavian manufacturer of upscale Smartphones, used the GTM601 module to develop its Android-powered T1 luxury smartphone in just three months. 'In selecting Option, we found a unique wireless solution for our T1 smartphone and a partner with the right level of wireless expertise to help us deliver our product in time and according to specifications," said Lars Gravesen, Lumigon CEO.

"The GTM601 and GTM609 are the only 3G modules that give vendors unprecedented new options for creating devices that stand out from the pack with their super-slim designs, global roaming capabilities and true broadband speeds," said Jan Callewaert, CEO Option. "Just as important, these modules slash the cost, risk and time to market for those vendors, giving them a competitive advantage over rivals that are limited by modules based on past, first-generation footprint design."