SOURCE: Option

November 16, 2009 01:17 ET

Option embeds world's smallest 3G module into Plastic Logic's large screen, lightweight eReader

LEUVEN, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) -

3G connectivity vital to Plastic Logic's eReader strategy of targeting of active mobile business professionals versus leisure readers

LEUVEN, Belgium - November 16, 2009 - Option, the wireless technology company, today announced that its GTM501, the world's smallest 3G module and one of Option's broadband wireless breakthroughs, will be used in Plastic Logic's new eReader device. This project demonstrates the Company's strategy to concentrate on total solution offerings, including software, high-value services and hardware, to innovative device manufacturers.

Debuting in early 2010, Plastic Logic's eReader is set to be the ideal companion for mobile business users. The proReader, a world's first, will offer on-the-go access to newspapers and magazines, as well as compatibility with many popular document types, all of which can be viewed on the industry's largest yet lightweight eReader. Equivalent to a letter-sized pad of paper, the eReader is barely 1/3 inch thick and weighs less than many print periodicals, while delivering an average battery life that can be measured in days rather than hours.

Being half the size and one quarter of the volume of conventional wireless modules, the GTM501 can provide a wide array of devices (including laptops, netbooks, e-readers or e-books and digital photo frames) real time broadband wireless connectivity. And although the GTM501 module contains over 200 miniaturized parts, it is packaged as a single component attached to the mobile device's motherboard, eliminating the need to plug the module into a socket. Its Land Grid Array (LGA) packaging completely seals the components against the environment, preventing contamination and oxidation. Being only 2.3mm thick and thanks to the epoxy molding and state of the art design, the GTM501 dissipates heat more efficiently than standard embedded modules, making it ideal for e-readers, digital cameras and other fan less mobile devices. Option is currently the only company able to bring HSPA connectivity to this type of ultra thin consumer devices.

Option was selected by Plastic Logic because of the company's extensive expertise in embedding high performance HSPA technologies into ultra thin mobile devices.

Key Facts:

* Option is a global leader in wireless technology, focused on the design, development and manufacture of innovative solutions that provide businesses and consumers with high-quality wireless broadband access to the Internet, anywhere, anytime.

* This project is evidence of Option's increasing focus on bringing professional services, ranging from full project management to very specific services, to the OEM and ODM market.

* Designed with mobile business professionals in mind, the Plastic Logic proReader will allow users to obtain newspapers, magazines, books and a full range of business-oriented documents, on one convenient, broadband connected and highly portable device. The eReader supports a wide range of document formats, including Microsoft Office (2003/2007), JPEG, PNG, TXT, HTML, BMP, RTF, Visio and ePub.

Supporting Quote:

* "Option's reliable and compact mobile access technology has allowed us to establish a firm lead in the integration of 3G connectivity on behalf of e-reader or e-book manufacturers," said Jan Callewaert, CEO at Option. "Increasingly, Option is being sought out for a more professional services offering by the OEM and ODM market, with engagements ranging from full project management to very specific services."

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Option embeds world's smallest 3G module into Plastic Logic's large screen, lightweight eReader:

Lichtgewicht eReader van Plastic Logic uitgerust met 's werelds kleinste 3G- module van Option:

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