Qualcomm announced a new wireless chip. The company is calling this chip Gobi, coined from Go and Be, symbolic of travel, expedition and vast coverage, suggesting access anywhere and ultimate mobility. Even if you don't care for the name, the idea should appeal to you. You will be able to purchase a notebook computer with embedded wireless broadband (and a global positioning system, GPS), and no matter where you are in the world (with the exception of Japan, for now), you can turn it on, register on a network and have instant access to wireless broadband Internet. This is an amazing chipset, designed from the ground up, for notebooks, other portable devices called Ultra-Mobile Devices (UMDs) and consumer devices. It's not just a chipset adapted from a mobile phone. It employs a software modem, and its radio technology enables sharing components between the radios.