Wireless broadband capability will soon extend beyond today's PC cards that typically limit their use to notebooks that still include such a slot. We recently got a sneak preview of Sierra Wireless' external USB EVDO modem and it appears that Anydata will also be rolling out such a device soon.
Anydata received FCC approval for their ADU-E100D modem, paving the way for an introduction in the near future. The device has a footprint slightly larger than a business card and will weigh 124 g (about 4 ounces), including the integrated battery, and connects to a PC via USB 2.0.
The modem is based on Qualcomm's MSM6500 chipset, which supports the EVDO Rel. 0 standard. According to the product manual, the ADU-E100D supports downlink speeds of up to 2.4 Mb/s and uplink speeds of up to 153 kb/s. While the company has not formally announced the device, it appears that the modem will only be compatible with Windows 2000 SP3 and XP.