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Innovations developed by Google to accelerate the flow of data to wireless devices using the CDMA standard earned a US patent.

Search Engine Watch picked up on the patent awarded to Google for speeding up the movement of data over CDMA networks.

The Code Division Multiple Access system can be found on wireless phones in the US. Increasing the speed of data to those devices could help spur greater adoption of Internet use on mobile phones. Ideally, wireless service providers who use the technology could pass along cost savings to users who have shied away from high-priced monthly Net access plans.

That cost reduction may not happen. One poster to Om Malik’s blog entry on the Google patent doesn’t see cost savings happening:

“…the method by which they propose, encoding with a Hadamar function, is only useful if it can replicate the ability of existing CDMA systems to provide service at high bandwidth (okay 1 Mbps) AND high speed (>70 mph) in a reliable manner. It doesn’t initially seem that implmenting Hadamar functions will lead to a significant reduction in silicon cost for existing CDMA semi vendors (QCOM, Via Telecom, etc.).

This is obviously a patent filed for creativity or engineering props rather than any real business opportunity for Google.”


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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