Intel and Nokia plot next generation of mobile computing


Intel and Nokia plot next generation of mobile computing

Cliff Saran

Intel has tied up with Nokia to develop a new generation of devices that the pair claim will combine powerful personal computing with ubiquitous mobile broadband.

Architecture-based mobile computing device and chipset architectures will combine the performance of desktop computers with high-bandwidth mobile broadband communications and ubiquitous internet connectivity.

Both companies are expanding their longstanding relationship, enabling the development of a variety of innovative hardware, software and mobile internet services.

The companies are working on a chipset platform architecture to define a new mobile platform which they say is more advanced than today's smartphones, notebooks and netbooks.

The collaboration also includes technology development and co-operation in several open source software initiatives. They aim 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 and Nokia said.

Moblin is an optimised open source Linux operating system project for the Intel Atom processor-based devices, including MIDs, netbooks, nettops, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and embedded systems.

Maemo is a Linux operating system, mostly based on open source code, which powers mobile computers such as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. The Maemo platform has been developed by Nokia in collaboration with many open source projects.

Intel has also licensed Nokia's HSPA/3G modem technologies, which it said would enable it to develop mobile computing devices that combine 3GPP modem technology with future Intel Architecture-based platforms.

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