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Option's embedded wireless module used in Sharp's "EM-ONE" device
Posted: 19-Feb-2007 [Source: Option NV]

[Option announces its embedded wireless module is being used by Sharp in its "EM-ONE" device that supports Japananese operator eMobile's HSDPA data service set for launch on March 31, 2007.]

Leuven, Belgium -- Option today announced that it is supplying eMobile Japan with both the new GTM478 embedded wireless module and the GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2. Both products uniquely operate the 1.7 GHz frequency band. The wireless module is incorporated in the "EM-ONE", the next-generation mobile broadband device, designed to deliver a high-speed, always-on broadband environment as an alternative to a personal computer. The "EM-ONE" is manufactured by Sharp, Japan's leading vendor in mobile device development. The products were unveiled today by eMobile's Chairman and CEO Sachio Semmoto at the press conference in Tokyo announcing the launch of the HSDPA Mobile Data Service "EM Mobile Broadband" from March 31 2007. Also presenting at eMobile's press conference were Sharp, Qualcomm and Microsoft.

"EM-ONE" supports eMobile's HSDPA communications service with a maximum downlink speed of 3.6Mbps. "EM-ONE" adopts Japan's first W-VGA (800 X 480 dot) under Windows Mobile 5.0 environment, and is also equipped with the industry's first 4.1 inch high definition liquid crystal large screen. Such a screen enables the user to view PC websites without horizontal scrolling. Furthermore, "EM-ONE" is equipped with the same keyboard layout as a PCs yet at just 18.9 mm thick, the device is one of the thinnest mobile terminals with a QWERTY keyboard in Japan.

"I am honoured that eMobile has selected Option as its partner for both for our new compact wireless module embedded in the "EM-ONE" and our GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 data card. eMobile is a pioneer of wireless broadband multimedia services and devices that go beyond the mobile phone and has an exciting vision for the future," said Jan Callewaert, CEO of Option. "Our partnership with eMobile and Sharp recognises Option's world class wireless technology expertise and relentless customer focus."

The new GTM478 is a compact module with a board-to-board connector making it the ideal module for embedding into small mobile devices such as PDA's and mobile multimedia devices. It incorporates HSDPA, UMTS and EDGE, GPRS and GSM. It is designed to achieve peak HSDPA download speeds of 7.2 Mbps while backward compatibility ensures HSDPA connections can also be made at lower data rates of 3.6 Mbps and 1.8 Mbps with upload speeds to 384 Kbps. The GTM478 also supports both A-GPS and S-GPS.

The GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 Express Card, based on he PCI-standard, delivers true wireless broadband performance, while dual-antennae Advanced Receiver Technology sustains faster and more stable connections over wider coverage areas. For launches before availability of HSDPA 7.2 Mbps networks, the product can be provided with HSDPA 3.6Mbps and boosted to 7.2 Mbps via a simple firmware upgrade. In all cases backward compatibility ensures HSDPA connections at lower data rates of 3.6 Mbps and 1.8 Mbps. In spite of its advanced performance, the GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 is a truly "plug and play" device. When the EXPRESS 7.2 is inserted into the Express Card slot of a laptop, Option's patented Zero CD technology automatically loads all necessary software and drivers from the data card itself: no software needs to be installed from a CD-ROM.

eMobile Ltd. is a subsidiary of eAccess Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 9427), a champion of deregulation in the Japanese telecommunications sector and now one of the country's largest ADSL providers. Utilizing its broadband network and its ADSL and ISP business partnerships, eAccess established eMobile to enter the Japanese mobile carrier market. eMobile secured a 1.7GHz spectrum license in late 2005. eMobile will launch its services, combining the latest in mobile technologies with highly innovative business models, on March 31 2007. eMobile's principal shareholders are eAccess Ltd., The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc. The company is headquartered in Tokyo - Japan.


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