ARM, partners team on Linux-based mobile platform

Electronics solutions developer ARM announced a collaboration with software partners including Marvell, MontaVista, Movial, Mozilla, Samsung and Texas Instruments to create a Linux-based, open source mobile platform in response to accelerating consumer demand for access to the Internet and next-generation applications via mobile devices. Announced last week in conjunction with the fourth annual ARM Developers' Conference in Santa Clara, the collaboration will expand on the existing ARM architecture to deliver a standards-based platform based on Linux, Gnome Mobile and Mozilla Firefox that runs on ARM Partners' systems on chips. According to ARM, the initiative bolsters its OS and browser ecosystem while leveraging partners' ability to efficiently bring to market mobile products and technologies emphasizing graphics, video, multimedia and web capabilities.

"Today's consumers are very knowledgeable about technology, want to be connected to the Internet and access multimedia content and applications anywhere, at anytime, yet they do not want to be restricted by short battery life and inadequate features that will limit their experiences," said ARM executive vice president of sales and marketing Mike Inglis in a prepared statement. "By stepping up the collaboration among key stakeholders in the mobile market, we will be able to jointly deliver the devices and applications with the cutting-edge innovation consumers have come to expect."

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