Companies forge alliance to create next generation of portable internet devices

Intel and Nokia to start ‘mobile revolution’

Intel and Nokia have announced a wide-ranging partnership intended to revolutionise mobile computing.

Encompassing design, hardware, software and complementary technologies, the deal will culminate in devices that will eventually replace the mobile phone, netbook and laptop.

The end result will be a new class of Intel-based mobile devices and chipsets designed for the next generation of devices, according to the firms. Much of this will focus on the agreement between the companies for Intel to licence and integrate Nokia’s HSPA/3G modem technologies into the chipsets.

The two companies are also working with the Linux foundation to develop a new version of its Moblin OS – which currently powers Nokia’s high end handsets such as the N810 internet tablet – for the new devices.

"This Intel and Nokia collaboration unites and focuses many of the brightest computing and communications minds in the world, and will ultimately deliver open and standards-based technology, which history shows drive rapid innovation, adoption and consumer choice," explained Intel’s senior vice president and general manager for the Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher.

"With the convergence of the internet and mobility as the team’s only barrier, I can only imagine the innovation that will come out of our unique relationship with Nokia. The possibilities are endless."

Nokia was keen to stress that this deal wasn’t simply a talking shop and would lead to new products. "Today’s announcement represents a significant commitment to work together on the future of mobile computing, and we plan to turn our joint research into action," commented executive vice president for devices at Nokia, Kai Öistämö.

"We will explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays that will go far beyond devices and services on the market today. This collaboration will be compelling not only for our companies, but also for our industries, our partners and of course, for consumers."

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