The partners will work on reference designs to allow the integration of 3G onto the motherboards of future laptops.
Such plans are well advanced, according to Sean Maloney, general manager of Intel's Mobility Group, who has promised hardware by the end of the year.
"During 2006 many of our customers will offer Centrino laptops that not only feature built in Wi-Fi technology, but an internal 3GSM data card and an integrated SIM reader," he said.
"This will turn the notebook into a real multi-communications terminal, and the SIM into a real authentication vehicle for GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3GSM, HSDPA and Wi-Fi networks."
"Our goal is to ensure that in future, every notebook will be SIM ready," said Rob Conway, chief executive of the GSM Association.
"As 3G network roll-outs accelerate across the world with additional media rich capabilities added through HSDPA upgrades, laptops with in-built connectivity to the 3GSM world will enable PC users to enjoy the full benefits of seamless access to mobile broadband wireless services with secure authentication.
"The mobile operator community will benefit from significant market and revenue growth opportunities."
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