Are Novatel planning to put a MiFi module inside Dell’s Latitude E4300? That’s one interpretation of the company’s recent FCC filing, which shows a dual-mode WiFi and WWAN module capable of concurrently using both wireless radios, and with antenna connections for the E-series notebook.
The testing shows that the card supports WiFi a/b/g/n bands, together with UMTS WWAN. Interestingly, the Qualcomm logo is included on the test photos, which suggests that the card uses a Qualcomm board or chipset.
While it’s possible that this could simply be a 3G/WiFi board intended to deliver a ubiquitous connection to a single notebook, we’d like to think that a Novatel/Qualcomm partnership in this way would deliver more than just that. Embedded WWAN sharing over WiFi could make for an interesting business notebook; we’re waiting to hear back from Novatel themselves to see if they have any comment.
[via Yahoo! Finance – Thanks George!]