Qualcomm Incorporated announced a new PC alternative to make high-speed wireless Internet access more widely available and affordable in emerging markets. The Kayak™ PC alternative leverages the widespread availability of 3G wireless broadband to bring Internet connectivity to markets where wired Internet access has often been difficult to access or unaffordable. The Kayak PC alternative fills the niche that exists between desktop PCs, which normally require landlines or separate accessories for connectivity, and Internet-capable wireless devices.
The Kayak PC alternative includes a reference design and recommended software specifications that will be made available to device manufacturers. Manufacturers can then design a wide range of devices based on the Kayak reference design that take advantage of the high level of integration, inherent connectivity and comprehensive functionality. The Kayak reference design uses Qualcomm's dual-core Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM7xxx-series chipsets to provide both computing and connectivity. Devices based on the Kayak reference design will offer:
* A Full-featured Web 2.0-capable browser from Opera Software able to perform at desktop resolutions
* Access via the browser to Web 2.0 productivity applications
* Support for both television sets and computer monitors to be used as displays and/or for a built-in display
* Compatibility with a standard keyboard and mouse for input
* Music player and/or a 3D gaming console functionality
In the future, commercial Kayak-based devices may also be powered by Snapdragon™ solutions. Initial Kayak PC alternative units, manufactured by Taiwan-based Inventec Corporation, will be used to initiate user trials during the first quarter of 2009 in Southeast Asia on both CDMA2000® and WCDMA (UMTS ) networks.
“Emerging markets will be a huge growth driver for the telecommunications industry in the coming years,” said Mark Hirsch, vice president of corporate marketing, Inventec Corporation. “We are very excited about Qualcomm's innovative Kayak reference design that leverages wireless networks to bring Internet connectivity to developing markets.”
“Web-based applications open up new possibilities for people in emerging markets for whom packaged software can be expensive,” said Rod Hamlin, senior vice president of sales, Americas, Opera Software. “Combining the Opera browser with Qualcomm's chipset is a great way to help bring the power of connected computing to millions of new Internet users around the world.”
“The broad footprint of 3G networks means that wireless is the answer to Internet access for worldwide markets - especially in emerging regions,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “The Kayak PC alternative is a great example of how Qualcomm is leveraging cloud computing over wireless broadband networks to help bring new areas of the world into the global online community for the first time.”