Monday, June 22, 2009

Intel and Nokia Partnership Targets Mobile Computing

Intel and Nokia announced a strategic alliance to develop a new class of Intel Architecture-based mobile computing device and chipset architectures that combine the performance of personal computers with high-bandwidth mobile broadband communications and ubiquitous Internet connectivity.

The new mobile platform is described as the next step beyond today's smartphones, notebooks and netbooks in a user-friendly pocketable form factor. Product specifics and timelines were not disclosed.

The Intel and Nokia effort includes collaboration in several open source mobile Linux software projects. The companies will collaborate on several open source software initiatives in order to develop common technologies for use in the Moblin and Maemo platform projects, which will deliver Linux-based operating systems for these future mobile computing devices.

Intel will also acquire a Nokia HSPA/3G modem IP license for use in future products.

"This Intel and Nokia collaboration unites and focuses many of the brightest computing and communications minds in the world, and will ultimately deliver open and standards-based technologies, which history shows drive rapid innovation, adoption and consumer choice," said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel Corporation senior vice president and general manager, Ultra Mobility Group. "With the convergence of the Internet and mobility as the team's only barrier, I can only imagine the innovation that will come out of our unique relationship with Nokia. The possibilities are endless."

"Today's announcement represents a significant commitment to work together on the future of mobile computing, and we plan to turn our joint research into action," said Kai Öistämö, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia. "We will explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays that will go far beyond devices and services on the market today. This collaboration will be compelling not only for our companies, but also for our industries, our partners and, of course, for consumers."

Intel reiterated that it supports multiple mobile broadband standards, including WiMAX -- on its platforms to address the needs of service providers worldwide, and to provide people with an always-connected experience.

  • Earlier this month, Intel agreed to acquire Wind River Systems, a leading supplier of software for embedded processors, for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate. Wind River's main products include its VxWorks, a proprietary and multicore-ready real-time operating system, and commercial-grade Linux software platforms. The company also provides design services and software expertise, including custom-built solutions, development tools and device testing products.

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