Intel and Symbian boost for handheldtechnology

Intel and handheld OS vendor Symbian are to announce today that the next release of the Symbian OS, Version 7.0, has been...

Intel and handheld OS vendor Symbian are to announce today that the next release of the Symbian OS, Version 7.0, has been optimised for Intel's X-scale processors.

Next month Intel will ship its PCA (Personal Client Architecture) developer kit that will include the Symbian OS and board-level support to optimise application development on the joint platform. The board will also include support for wireless LAN, 802.11, and Bluetooth communications.

In a future version of the PCA toolkit, Intel will also include support for a JVM (Java Virtual Machine), company executives report.

The Symbian OS is more attuned to devices that have both communications and computing capabilities. The combination of X-scale's performance and multi-media capabilities and the Symbian OS would give wireless operators the opportunity to offer new services.

Intel announced a similar deal with Microsoft last February to optimise the Win CE.net platform for X-scale processors.

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