LTE and HSPA+ data cards deliver up to 100 Mpbs speeds

February 25, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Telit Wireless Solutions has announced the introduction of a family of data cards in the latest M.2, Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF). The data cards augment the company’s mobile computing product line currently comprised of mPCIe modules in HSPA+ and 1xEvDO cellular technologies.

The data cards are to be based on Intel’s designs for LTE/DC-HSPA+ and HSPA+. They target not only new always-connected consumer and leading edge adopter applications such as Ultrabook™, laptops, tablets, but also commercial and industrial devices, as the current favored mPCIe form factor gets gradually replaced by M.2.

The company's M.2 lineup will include LN930 and HN930 product families conceived to address both global, regional, and speed requirements from cutting edge LTE/DC-HSPA+ and HSPA+ applications in mobile computing and gadgets. The Intel based LTE products are set to deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up; Dual Carrier HSPA+ 42 Mbps down and 11.5 Mbps up; and HSPA+ 21 Mbps down and 5.76 Mbps up.

The sub-compact and ultra slim 30 x 42 mm M.2 data cards include global satellite (and assisted) positioning technology and certified drivers for Windows™7 and 8. They also feature the industry’s new Firmware Switching standard enabling the host Operating System and drivers to switch the card’s firmware to the latest and specific cellular network approved revision, thus overcoming a longstanding complexity hurdle in provisioning cellular connectivity devices in non-operator branded consumer products. The switching is triggered by the simple insertion of the consumer or operator supplied SIM card into the PC’s SIM card slot.

The new data cards interface to the host computer or gadget through a USB 3.0 connection supporting selective suspend (SS) and link power management (LPM). The SS feature allows the device driver to turn off (standby) the data card when it goes idle. When the card is again active or required, the system wakes it and resumes normal operation. Both SS and LPM are critical for latest generation battery powered consumer devices such as the Ultrabook™, conceived to ensure the user can reap several hours of use before a battery recharge is needed. The data cards employ these and other power-saving standards and policies to enhance the