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Nokia,Qualcomm to work on advanced mobile devices

18 февраля 2009

Nokia Corp and cellphone chip specialist Qualcomm Inc. Tuesday said they plan to work together to develop advanced mobile devices, initially for North America.

The companies, unveiling their plans at the annual Mobile World Congress industry fair in Barcelona, said they intend the devices to be based on S60 software on the Symbian operating platform, and on Qualcomm's MSM chipsets. The plans to collaborate come after Nokia last July agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Qualcomm, and ongoing royalties, in settlement of a long running dispute over wireless patents. The resolution of that dispute not only reduced future legal costs for both companies, estimated to total $400 million a year, but also paved the way for closer potential cooperation.

The first mobile devices based on the collaboration announced Tuesday are expected to launch mid-2010 and be compatabile with the coming Symbian Foundation platform, the companies said in a joint release.

The existing Symbian mobile operating platform is the most widely used globally. In June last year, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola Corp. and NTT DOCOMO Inc. said they will create an open mobile software platform based around the Symbian operating system with membership, open to all organizations, through the non-profit Symbian Foundation. That move was seen as a response to the rising popularity of other open platforms, including Google Inc's Android, Linux-based platforms, and Microsoft Corp's operating system.

Nokia and Qualcomm said Tuesday they want to demonstrate the benefits of combining advanced hardware with open software, said Kai Oistamo, Nokia executive vice president, Devices.

Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm executive vice president, noted the "substantial synergies between S60 software and MSM chipsets." Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modems enable cost-effective mobile handsets with the advanced capabilities of 3G.

Analyst David Hallden at Cheuvreux said the deal will not do much to improve Nokia's weak mobile device sales in the U.S., where it has less than 10% of the market, despite its domination of the handset sales globally.

In a separate release, Nokia said it had selected U.S.-based wireless semiconductor firm Broadcom Corp. as a next-generation 3G chipset supplier, targeting low cost, high-volume markets.

Источник: Total Telecom

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