Toshiba has chosen wireless modem maker Sierra Wireless to outfit some of its new handheld wireless devices in a deal estimated at $11 million, both companies announced Monday. The modem will be in handheld devices that Toshiba expects to introduce later this year. Toshiba's extensive line of laptop computers is not part of the deal.
Sierra Wireless expects to begin shipping the modems to Toshiba beginning by the fourth quarter of this year. The modem itself works only with the CDMA telephone standard, which is the predominant wireless phone standard in North America. A rival standard, known as GSM, has about 70 percent of the world's handheld market.