PCISIG will discuss a wireless module that can use either a 1X Express or a USB 2.0 interconnect. The module, aimed at integration in the lid of a notebook computer beside the LCD panel, is just 2.5 mm thick, about half or less the thickness of current wireless adapters. By moving the module to a notebook lid, engineers hope to isolate the wireless signals from interference generated by the host processor. The module includes a primary antenna built into its x-axis, solving the problem of routing an antenna from the wireless chip set to the outside of a system, a task which currently involves snaking from the motherboard through the notebook hinge to the lid. Although initially focused on 802.11 and notebooks, the module also could see use for cellular data networks and systems such as tablets PCs, PDAs and large smart phones, but probably not mainstream cellphones.

PCISIG will discuss a wireless module that can use either a 1X Express or a USB 2.0 interconnect. The module, aimed at integration in the lid of a notebook computer beside the LCD panel, is just 2.5 mm thick, about half or less the thickness of current wireless adapters. By moving the module to a notebook lid, engineers hope to isolate the wireless signals from interference generated by the host processor. The module includes a primary antenna built into its x-axis, solving the problem of routing an antenna from the wireless chip set to the outside of a system, a task which currently involves snaking from the motherboard through the notebook hinge to the lid. Although initially focused on 802.11 and notebooks, the module also could see use for cellular data networks and systems such as tablets PCs, PDAs and large smart phones, but probably not mainstream cellphones.