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Intel and Nokia join forces, sign mobile computing innovation pact

Intel Corp. and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship to develop a new class of Intel Architecture-based m...


June 24, 2009  


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Intel Corp. and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship to develop a new class of Intel Architecture-based mobile computing devices and chipset architectures, which the two companies say will combine the performance of powerful computers with high-bandwidth mobile broadband communications and ubiquitous Internet connectivity.

 

The Intel and Nokia effort includes collaboration in several open source mobile Linux software projects. Intel will also acquire a Nokia HSPA/3G modem IP license for use in future products.

 

“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.”

 

Research firm Ovum, meanwhile, said in a statement that since Intel’s launch of its Atom family of processors it has made no secret that it intends to make a serious play in mobile.

 

“The company hopes that taking a slice of the mobile device market will provide an engine for growth outside of its traditional PC and server markets,” it said. “However, the current family of Atom chipsets is not suitable for use in handsets and instead Intel has developed a new market segment for larger form factor mobile internet devices (MIDs) positioned above smartphones and below notebooks.”

 

“To reach further down into the volume part of the mobile market and start reaching the expanding high-end smartphone segment, Intel needs to produce a chipset which can match the power/performance ratio of processors based on the designs of ARM Ltd. This week’s announcement is a sign that at least Nokia believes that Intel’s roadmap is credible and that the company can in time provide a competitive offering against ARM-based alternatives.”