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Fujitsu Siemens Plans Notebooks With Integrated 3G Cellular Capabilities

Fujitsu Siemens said it will offer models that will target both entry-level and mid-range professionals as part of its new Esprimo Mobile Series of laptops.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers next month plans to roll out a new product line of professional notebook computers with integrated third-generation (3G) cellular capability.

Fujitsu Siemens, a joint venture between Fujitsu and Siemens that provides IT services in Europe, last week said it will offer models that will target both entry-level and mid-range professionals as part of its new Esprimo Mobile Series of laptops. They will complement the existing Lifebook series of all-purpose laptops, the company said.

Models include the Esprimo Mobile U9200 with a 12.1 inch display and a lightweight design, the Esprimo Mobile M9400 with a 14.1 inch display that's suitable for business travel, and the Esprimo Mobile D9500 with a 15.4 inch display that's intended for desktop replacement.

All models have integrated Universal Mobile Telecommunications System technology, which is a 3G standard that lets users connect to the Internet with data speeds of up to 2 Mbps. UMTS is widely available in Europe and it's also offered by AT&T Wireless, formerly Cingular, in the United States.

Professionals will benefit from wireless wide-area networks once there's a shift from retrofitting existing computers with PC Cards to purchasing laptops with embedded 3G radio modules, according to a report published by research firm Yankee Group earlier this year.

The shift will results in several improvements, including better radio-frequency performance for better coverage and data throughput, increased battery life, lower cost of ownership, and a reduction in help desk support.

Meanwhile, later this year Intel plans add the option to laptops of its first integrated Wi-Fi/WiMax technology. WiMax is meant to compete with 3G cellular, promising better speed, throughput, and range.

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