Symbian has released the latest version of the Symbian OS which allows smart phone designers to build devices that can use a single processor for both applications and communications.
Most mobile phones and smart phones have, traditionally, used two chips to handle the phone's basic functions. Phone designers have used an applications processor to run the operating system while tapping a separate chip to initiate and maintain the phone connection.
However, consumer demand for smaller devices with improved performance has led chip designers to consider single-chip products for their phones.
Texas Instruments sells both standalone applications processors and combination modem/application processor chips.
Intel entered the mobile phone market last year with a chip which integrates the modem processor core, the applications processor core and flash memory onto a single die.
Symbian OS version 8.0 will now support those single-core processors, reducing the cost to build a Symbian phone. The latest version also adds support for remote management by IT staff, the SDIO (Secure Digital I/O) expansion slot and hardware accelerators for multimedia applications.
Symbian is a UK company founded by several mobile phone industry companies, such as Nokia, Ericsson and Siemens, to develop an alternative smart phone OS to Microsoft's Windows Smartphone software.
Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service
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