Updated September 8, 2005


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Embedded Wireless WAN


September 13 , 2005. San Diego, CA. Hosted by Sierra Wireless.
Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research.




Meeting Agenda
Meeting Location
Hotel Information
Information for Presenters




Increasingly, mobile computers are incorporating embedded wireless capability. This is becoming the default configuration for laptops with WLAN capability. But few platforms have so far implemented wireless WAN capability, though that is likely to change soon. WWAN modules will support networks such as EDGE, 1xEV-DO, WCDMA, HSDPA and WiMAX. The purpose of this meeting is to examine what is already occurring, what needs to occur for embedded solutions to become a widespread reality, and to address the key interoperability issues. The meeting will address the following:

  • Recommendations for computing devices implementing embedded WWAN, including: regulatory, thermal, antennas, electromagnetic interference, and electrical. 
  • Standardization efforts for embedded WWAN form factors.
  • User control of WWAN capability.
  • Carrier’s perspectives on embedded WWAN.
  • Handling multiple types of wireless networks.
  • Interaction with connection management software.
  • Radio control and indicators for usage on airplanes.
  • How wireless events (e.g., entering coverage) can wake-up suspended devices.
  • Support from operating system.




September 13, 2005. 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Lunch provided. The preliminary agenda is as follows:


  • Peter Rysavy, PCCA. PCCA meeting schedule and association update.
  • Host presentation: Sierra Wireless.
  • Presentation: Jim Panian, Allen Tran, Paul Guckian, QUALCOMM. "Recommendations for Computing Devices Implementing Embedded WWAN, Including Form Factors."
  • Presentation: Brian Makarowski, Sierra Wireless. "Thermal and Electrical Challenges for Embedding Wireless Devices."
  • Presentation: Brad Saunders, Intel. "Notebook Design Considerations for Embedding Wireless Application Cards."
  • Contribution: Peter Rysavy, PCCA. "PCCA STD-101 Annex O (MCPC). Wake-Up Control AT Commands."
  • Presentation: Tom Kavanaugh, Sierra Wireless. "NDIS vs. Dial-up Networking for WWAN Data Connections."
  • Presentation: Uppinder Babbar, QUALCOMM. "Qualcomm Control Interface for WWAN."
  • Presentation: Mark Hanson, Sony/CEA. "Consumer Electronics Association's Recommended Practice - Status Indicator for and Control of Transmitters in Portable Electronic Devices"
  • Presentation: Paul Reddy, Stew Skomra, Intel."Extending CMT Notebook Connectivity coverage from Sometime Somewhere to Anytime Anywhere with WLAN, WWAN Built-To-Order Modules."
  • Discussion and analysis.


Note: agenda is subject to change




The meeting will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Old Town. See further information below.




Marriott Courtyard Old Town

2435 Jefferson Street
San Diego, California 92110 USA
Phone: 1-619-260-8500




The group name is "PCCA" and the group rate is $119/night. The deadline for the room block is August 29, 2005.


The hotel provides an airport shuttle. After you collect your baggage, call the hotel and request a pickup. Going back to the airport, the shuttle leaves every hour on the hour.





The registration deadline is one week before the meeting.


Meetings are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $375 per person. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person to the meeting without incurring meeting charges.


Click here to register for the meeting using our secure Web page.




The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting: 


  • Presentations are typically 30 minutes to 45 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
  • This is a technical audience (e.g., engineering and program managers), so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis
  • should be on industry issues and proposed solutions versus selling your product.
  • Generally, 30 to 50 people attend each meeting, representing a broad spectrum of the wireless industry, including carriers, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, 
    software vendors and computer vendors.
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • We will provide an LCD projector.
  • We request a copy of your presentation (PDF or PPT) before the meeting so that we can post it in the members area of the PCCA web page. 


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