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Intel, Nokia team on "new class" of device

updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue June 23, 2009

Intel Nokia Partnership

Intel and Nokia today struck a multi-year deal to develop a new form of mobile device processor architecture. The two have few details but hope to produce pocketable hardware which is nonetheless in a "new class" rather than a smartphone or even a larger system like a netbook or notebook. They intend to work together on multiple mobile Linux projects related to the architecture, including the oFono cellphone OS as well as Nokia's Maemo, Intel's Moblin and components they intend to share, such as Mozilla's browser technology.

In return for helping Nokia develop hardware, Intel is also licensing Nokia's HSPA-based 3G modem technology to merge it with its ultra-mobile components. Intel has so far promoted only WiMAX for long-range wireless and hints that it may adopt 3G in earnest.

The effort comes just as both companies are moving to a similar point in their mobile device plans. Intel is developing its Moorestown variant of Atom processors to make them small and energy-efficient enough to work within smartphone-sized hardware. Nokia, meanwhile, has expressed interests in developing netbooks but has been faced with the choice of using either particularly fast ARM processors or else switching to an x86-based design like that from Intel.

By themselves, neither Intel nor Nokia has been successful in bridging the gap between smartphones and computers. Intel has promoted a category of large handheld known as the mobile Internet device (MID) but has seen poor sales in its first months on sale due both to cost and size. Nokia has long maintained its N700 and N800 series Internet tablets but these, too, haven't usually sold well and are usually too large to fit in a pocket.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. cmoney

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    Joined: Sep 2000

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    Hey Nokia

    Your hardware isn't the problem! And every attempt by Intel to introduce a new mobile platform has resulted in abject failure.

    You don't need a new class of device. You already have decent hardware in the N series of devices. The problem is the software. Hows about you get off your lazy a** and replace that aged Series 60 Symbian OS. Everyone knows it's impossible to code for and even Microsoft will be passing you up in 2011 when they finally release Windows Mobile 7.

    Yours truly,
    A former S60 fan

  1. shawnde

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    re: Hey Nokia

    Couldn't agree more. In fact Nokia makes probably the best hardware (except for Apple) in the industry; their handsets are very well designed, built and tested.

    However, the OS just sucks. And their choice of tools, platforms and toolkits all suck. In many ways they're worse than Microsoft. And ironically, they rely heavily on Microsoft toolchains and technologies - despite the fact that MS is a competitor.

    They need to fire everybody on the software side, and build a new team.

  1. bluestone

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    Intel-Nokia

    Nokia have put lots of effort into reducing Linux/Gnome's footprint to make it work well on devices like the N810 (article) so it this partnership may be partly related to that goal.

    I was reading a post about the recent Linux Collaboration Summit here and Intel are targetting getting the boot-time down to 2s so it looks like the companies do share some similar goals in the mobile market!

  1. bluestone

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    Joined: Jul 2009

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    Intel-Nokia

    Nokia have put lots of effort into reducing Linux/Gnome's footprint to make it work well on devices like the N810 (article) so it this partnership may be partly related to that goal.

    I was reading a post about the recent Linux Collaboration Summit here and Intel are targetting getting the boot-time down to 2s so it looks like the companies do share some similar goals in the mobile market.

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