Intel increases grip on handheld market
by David Lake on 23 August 2001 09:55:00 GMT
from netimperative.com News
Intel will work with Compaq to help accelerate the development of wireless handheld devices and related applications.
Mirroring yesterday s deal with Symbian, Compaq is to support Intel s Personal Internet Client Architecture (PCA) initiative, which furnishes third party developers with Intel s established blueprint for designing wireless devices. Intel will scratch Compaq s back by using its iPAQ Pocket PCs as a reference platform in its Intel PCA developer kits.
The deal signals Compaq s intent to integrate wireless functionality as default within its handheld range – currently the devices require an adapter card to send data across wireless networks.
Additionally, the IT giants will join forces to enable advanced multimedia applications to run on Intel PCA-based devices for existing and next-generation wireless networks.
Intel is positioning itself to take full advantage of an emerging wireless market that will be driven by applications and services delivered to devices powered by its StrongARM chips. However, it faces stiff competition from Texas Instruments, which is battling Intel for market share.