Expect More Series 60 Smartphones Using Intel Processors

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Intel, Nokia, and Symbian Ltd. are going to work together to create smartphones using the Nokia Series 60 Platform and Intel processors.

Series 60 is a user interface that runs on top of the Symbian operating system. Series 60 is the best-selling smartphone platform world wide. It was developed by Nokia, who licenses it to other smartphone makers and also uses it on many of its own products.

Today’s agreement should help increase the number of Series 60 devices using Intel chips. Currently, the vast majority of Series 60 smartphones use Texas Instruments OMAP processors, and increasing the number of XScale-powered smartphones has been a goal of Intel’s for years.

“Intel’s wireless platforms combine leading-edge hardware with Intel’s decades of experience in creating application ecosystems for data networks,” said Sam Arditi, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Cellular and Handheld Group. “Working with Nokia and Symbian to help bring Series 60-based devices to market means that developers and phone manufacturers will have new compelling tools to deliver on the promise of 3G.”

Intel and Symbian

Also, Intel and Symbian have agreed to invest in the joint development of a reference platform for 3G cellular-wireless devices based on the Symbian OS and Intel XScale processors.

This reference platform will help Symbian licensees more easily create smartphones and wireless handhelds running XScale processors.

However, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The first XScale-powered Symbian smartphones aren’t expected for a year or more.

“By utilizing reference platforms from semiconductor technology providers such as Intel, Symbian OS licensees will be able to focus their energies to develop an even wider variety of differentiated, competitively priced Symbian OS products that meet the specific needs of the market and their network operator customers,” said David Levin, Chief Executive Officer, Symbian, Ltd.

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