Ericsson announced a strategic technology engagement with silicon solutions developer Texas Instruments to develop custom solutions for open OS-enabled 3G devices. The companies said the resulting solutions will marry small and power-efficient 3G modems produced by Ericsson Mobile Platforms with TI's OMAP applications processors and support all major open OS including Windows Mobile, Symbian S60, Symbian UIQ and Linux, enabling device manufacturers to offer advanced open OS handsets for both the high-end and mid-range markets.
According to Ericsson and TI, the solutions promise OEMs and operators a robust and flexible architecture for applications and services deployment, simplifying delivery and management of services and content. The joint effort will also yield an evolving portfolio of mobile technology platforms with open OS support, effectively reducing complexity, investment and time-to-market for manufacturers. The solutions will be presented in one pre-verified and tested platform reference design. In addition, the solutions should benefit from the Ericsson Mobile Platforms IOT program via full compliance with operator requirements, accelerated time to market and more efficient product rollout.
Handsets based on the Ericsson/TI solutions are expected to hit retail in the second half of 2008.
For more on the Ericsson/TI agreement:
- read this release
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