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Nokia and Intel strike research deal

24 июня 2009

Intel and Nokia unveiled plans on Tuesday to work together to create a type of mobile computing device beyond today’s smartphones and netbooks.

The move takes Intel a step further towards a breakthrough into the highly prized mobile phone market. Nokia typically works with potential suppliers on joint research for several years before deciding to adopt a particular technology.

For Intel, a partnership with a leading mobile player is crucial to adoption of its chips although the announcement suggested the groups would focus on niche products initially in categories of devices yet to be developed.

“We believe that this will allow us to create an entire new category of devices,” Kai Öistämö, Nokia executive vice-president in charge of the group’s devices unit, told a media conference call. “The mobile and computing industries are coming together and we, as leaders in our respective industries, are taking the responsibility to really be the enablers to create this brave new world.”

His counterpart, Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice-president of Intel’s ultra mobility group, described the partnership as “this year’s most significant collaboration in our respective industries”.

However, the announcement was short on detail about any specific devices. “This is a technology collaboration. It is premature to talk of products,” said Mr Öistämö.

Intel’s microprocessors run about 80 per cent of the world’s personal computers but the US group has struggled to enter the mobile market. In 2006, Paul Otellini, chief executive, scrapped a $5bn investment in chips for mobile devices.

Recently, however, the company has been looking at the mobile device market again to reduce its dependence on PC chips, which account for 90 per cent of sales.

The mobile phone chip industry is dominated by companies such as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, which make chips based on designs by Arm, the UK semiconductor company, and are about a quarter of the size and power consumption of Intel’s Ato.

Intel has said that, by 2011, it could have a much smaller chip for use in smartphones.


Источник: Financial Times

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