12/3/2002 - At the Symbian Partner Event in London, Symbian and Texas Instruments (TI) announced that they are extending their strategic co-operation to further optimise the performance of Symbian OS on TI's wireless OMAPTM platform as part of the Symbian Platinum Partner Program. Through joining Symbian's Platinum Partner Program, TI continues its long-standing, strategic co-operation with Symbian as one of the earliest semiconductor companies to use Symbian OS on its OMAPTM platform.
"We are excited to build on our long-term industry-leading collaboration," said Gilles Alain, Vice President, Partnerships and Alliances. "Our co-operation with TI will continue to drive faster development of 2.5 and 3G converged wireless voice, data and multimedia applications and services."
"By joining the Symbian Platinum Partner Program, TI continues its close co-operation with Symbian to spur innovations in wireless application development on Symbian OS and the OMAP platform," said Paul Werp, worldwide director, OMAP marketing, Texas Instruments. "Through our strategic relationships with industry leaders such as Symbian, TI further demonstrates its commitment to deliver the engines that bring real-time voice, data and multimedia to wireless handsets."
The announcement follows a series of strategic innovations developed by the two companies to enable optimal performance in wireless handsets based on Symbian OS and TI's industry-adopted OMAP platform which comprises high performance, power-efficient processors, a robust software infrastructure and comprehensive support network for the rapid development of differentiated 2.5G and 3G multimedia-enhanced mobile devices and software applications. New mobile devices and software applications based on the Symbian OS and TI's OMAP platform will include connected systems in a variety of forms that provide data, voice and engaging multimedia experiences anywhere and anytime.
In an effort to allow wireless application developers and handset manufacturers easy access to more optimized and enriched multimedia applications and services, Symbian and TI provide a hardware accelerator API on Symbian OS v7.0, delivering complete advantage of the digital signal processor (DSP)-based OMAP1510 processor.
About Symbian Platinum Partner Program
Symbian partners with the top technology innovators and services providers from across the mobile value chain. The Symbian Partner Events, held twice annually, are held exclusively for Symbian Platinum Partners. The aim is to communicate updates on strategic and core technology advances of Symbian OS and offer an open forum for networking and commercial opportunities for thought leaders of the Symbian OS ecosystem including partners, licensees, network operators and content providers.
About TI's Wireless Terminals Business Unit
Leveraging more than 10 years of wireless experience, TI delivers the communications engines for real-time voice, data and multimedia. TI offers handset and PDA manufacturers the building blocks they need to bring high-performance, power-efficient and differentiated products to market - including complete wireless chipsets and reference designs, OMAP application processors and a network of software developers. In 2004, TI will leverage its wireless systems expertise to launch the world's first single-chip cell phone solution.
Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the de facto industry standard operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's top handset manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Siemens, Sony Ericsson. In total, Symbian OS licensees account for more than 80% of worldwide mobile phone sales. Symbian's mission is to create a mass market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling Symbian OS licensees to build winning products. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 7650 and 3650.
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and Analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.
OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments. Symbian and SYmbian OS are trademarks of Symbian Ltd.
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