Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Mozilla, Samsung, more team up for Linux ARM platform

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Wed October 3, 2007

Mobile Linux ARM Platform

Several top companies in the mobile hardware and software business today announced work on a new, Linux-based platform for ARM processors that would serve as the foundation for cellphones, media players, and other pocket devices. Chipmakers Marvell, Samsung, and Texas Instruments would be joined by software developers such as Mozilla to develop a common base that would use the open-source nature of Linux, the Gnome Mobile user interface, and Mozilla's Firefox browser to let hardware makers quickly add Internet and media features to handhelds.

By having full access to how the OS would work with hardware and other software, companies could launch updates sooner and spend less time worrying about basic standards, the ARM group said.

Development of the platform is already underway and should be completed as soon as early 2008. Actual hardware is not expected until early 2009 but is likely to include both reference designs to be used by other companies as well as some first-party products. Samsung makes cellphones and portable media players of its own that use the ARM chip and has also been known to farm out its technology to companies producing similar devices.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector

Trying to find the perfect projector for a home theater can be tricky, as there are bountiful options on the market from a large numbe ...

Thecus N2310 NAS

For every computer user, there comes a point of critical mass in data storage. When it hits, external hard drives, USB sticks and DVD ...

iRig Pads

When it comes to mobile music products, IK Multimedia has positioned itself as one of the top suppliers. Right from the early days of ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News