2/19/2003 - Motorola, Inc.’s (NYSE:MOT) Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) and Symbian Ltd. introduce 2.5G and 3G handset reference designs which reduce by as much as 50 percent the development time needed to create innovative handsets running the Symbian OS operating system. Symbian OS is the open global standard operating system for advanced mobile phones and is licensed by the world’s leading handset manufacturers, accounting for more than 80 percent of worldwide mobile phone sales.
The reference designs provide handset manufacturers with an integrated, off-the-shelf package of Motorola’s platform design, tools and Symbian OS. The result is that the designs may enable handset manufacturers to accelerate the development time for Symbian OS-enabled mobile phones – as well as applications that take advantage of the latest integrated voice and data capabilities – by greatly simplifying the integration process.
Based on Motorola’s i.250 and i.300 Innovative Convergence wireless platforms, combined with the Motorola i.MX Media Extension applications processors, the 2.5G and 3G reference designs feature low part counts and advanced development tools that will enable the development and manufacturing of smaller, portable, low-cost and power efficient mobile phones. In addition to the benefits offered by the i.250 platform – voice and data functionality, open-standards, and multimedia capabilities – the i.300 platform offers OEMs and ODMs advanced voice, data, imaging and video, optimized product cost, size and yield, and greater design flexibility.
“Motorola’s Innovative Convergence family presents one of the most advanced wireless platform portfolios on the market today. Manufacturers taking advantage of Symbian OS can design and build high-performance and cost-effective advanced Symbian OS phones in a significantly reduced timeframe,” said David Wood, EVP, Partnering, Symbian.
Motorola’s Innovative Convergence portfolio includes high performance, power-efficient chipsets and a suite of development tools, reference designs, and support packages that offer advanced multimedia capabilities optimized for building cost-effective wireless products. Symbian OS is an advanced, open-standard operating system specifically tailored to meet manufacturers’ requirements for rich functionality in their products. Together, Motorola and Symbian are designed to deliver a powerful solution that incorporates the best of handheld computing technology with voice communication, Internet access and computing functionality.
“The wireless industry is in the midst of a significant shift from simple voice-only phones to data-enabled smartphones that offer access to information from a variety of sources,” said Pete Shinyeda, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Wireless and Broadband Systems Group. “Consumers demand high-performance, low-cost products and wireless device manufacturers want integrated solutions that offer flexibility and reduce time to market. Motorola and Symbian give them the best of both worlds – multimedia capabilities combined with a world-class operating system.”
About the Innovative Convergence Platforms
Motorola offers a portfolio of Innovative Convergence platforms and products to help customers quickly address the converging mobile computing and wireless communications markets. The portfolio includes: the i.200, i.250 and i.300 wireless platforms; the i.MX family of applications processors to drive multimedia applications; industry-leading i.JV J2ME reference implementation that provides wireless device designers with the most up-to-date software for quick integration of Java-based applications; i.IM image capture technology to enable imaging and real-time video; and i.BT Bluetooth solutions engineered to deliver high-quality Bluetooth-enabled applications.
Symbian develops and licenses the global industry standard operating system for advanced mobile phones. The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers license Symbian OS, including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. In total, Symbian OS licensees represent over 75% of annual worldwide mobile phone sales.
Symbian's mission is to create a global mass market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling its licensees to build winning products. Publicly announced Symbian OS phones include the FOMA F2051, Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 9210 series, 7650, 3650 and N-Gage. As at January 2003, 9 Symbian licensees had 20 Symbian OS phones in development. For further information about Symbian, please visit www.symbian.com
About Motorola Inc.’s Semiconductor Products Sector
As the world's #1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector creates DigitalDNA system-on-chip solutions for a connected world. Our strong focus on wireless communications and networking enables customers to develop smarter, simpler, safer and synchronized products for the person, work team, home and automobile. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $4.8 billion (USD) in 2002. For more information please visit www.motorola.com/semiconductors
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $26.7 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit: www.motorola.com
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