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Sony to Embed Select Notebooks With Qualcomm's Gobi Technology

Barcelona, Spain (ots/PRNewswire)

- VAIO PCs to Feature Wireless, High-speed Internet Connectivity
via 3G  Cellular Network
Sony Electronics Inc. and Qualcomm Incorporated today announced
that Sony has selected Qualcomm's Gobi(TM) mobile Internet technology
for use in its VAIO(R) notebook PC lines.
The embedded Gobi solution enables notebook users to expand
beyond Wi-Fi hotspots so they can experience a high-speed connection
to the Internet via 3G cellular connectivity. Sony is the first
notebook manufacturer to make Gobi technology a standard feature in
several of its PC models.
Known for style and innovation, VAIO notebooks will initially
feature Gobi technology in three of the ultra-portable models,
including the VAIO Z, TT and new P series. VAIO models utilizing Gobi
technology may vary by region.
"By embedding Qualcomm technology into our notebooks we are
offering our customers an attractive combination of performance and
ease of use," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product
marketing at Sony Electronics. "We expect Gobi 3G connectivity to be
a sought-after feature and a significant enhancement."
Gobi-equipped notebooks provide fast, secure and convenient
built-in mobile broadband access and GPS functionality over wireless
3G cellular networks, freeing users from having to carry external
data cards or search for Wi-Fi hotspots.
The technology enables users to send and receive email, upload or
download photos, receive instant updates to social media sites, and
access a wide range of software applications over the Internet on
their notebooks - all through 3G cellular networks. A service
activation charge and other fees apply.
"Sony's introduction of Gobi-equipped VAIO notebooks makes
embedded mobile broadband increasingly more accessible to consumers,
allowing them to enjoy the freedom of 3G Internet connectivity on
some of the industry's most appealing laptops," said Mike Concannon,
senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA
Technologies. "For both business and consumer users, Gobi technology
is quickly becoming a standard for embedded mobile broadband in a
wide range of notebooks and sub-notebooks."
Embedded Gobi solutions include Qualcomm's MDM1000(TM) chipset,
associated software and APIs, and a reference design for supporting
EV-DO Rev. A. More information about Qualcomm and Gobi technology can
be found at www.qctconnect.com.
More information about Sony notebooks is available at
www.sony.com/vaio.
Contact:    Jon Piazza
                Sony Electronics Inc.
                +1-858-942-3825
                jon.piazza@am.sony.com
                Tina Asmar
                Qualcomm Inc.
                +1-858-845-5959
                corpcomm@qualcomm.com

Contact:

Jon Piazza of Sony Electronics Inc., +1-858-942-3825,
jon.piazza@am.sony.com; or Tina Asmar of Qualcomm Inc.,
+1-858-845-5959, corpcomm@qualcomm.com; NOTE TO EDITORS: For
additional information about Sony products, consumers can call
+1-888-315-SONY or visit Sony's web site at: www.sony.com. For
complete specifications and digital images, members of the news media
are invited to visit Sony Electronics' news and information web site
at http://www.sony.com/news. Nothing in this press release is an
offer to sell any of the parts referenced herein. This press release
may reference parts and/or devices utilizing parts whose manufacture,
use, sale, offer for sale, or importation into the United States are
subject to certain injunctions against Qualcomm. This press release
is intended solely to provide information for those products and uses
of products that are outside the scope of the injunctions. Any device
utilizing 1x-EVDO parts that are intended for activation on a U.S.
wireless network (other than Verizon Wireless) must utilize
Qualcomm's hybrid mode alternative solution.