Intel, Nokia, Symbian Team for Series 60 Platform-based 3G Smartphones

10/7/2004 - Intel Corporation, Nokia Corporation and Symbian Ltd. announced a collaboration to bring smartphones based on the Nokia Series 60 Platform to market using Intel technology, as part of Intel’s recent membership in the Nokia Series 60 Product Creation Community. Also, Intel and Symbian have agreed to invest in the joint development of a reference platform to enable a new class of 3G devices based on Symbian OSTM and Intel® XScale® Technology.

The Series 60 Platform, built on Symbian OS, is one of the world’s leading smartphone platforms. It is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phones manufacturers including Lenovo, LG Electronics, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sendo and Siemens. Support for a large color screen, easy-to-use interface and extensive suite of applications make this software platform ideally suited to support new mobile services such as email, browsing and streaming.

As part of its new role as a member of the Series 60 Product Creation Community, Intel will complement the Series 60 Platform by providing high performance, low power processing to enable mobile browsing, multimedia messaging and content downloading, as well as a host of personal information management and telephony applications. The Series 60 Platform is the latest smartphone user interface to be supported by Intel technology.

Also, Intel and Symbian are investing in the co-development of a reference platform. The development agreement focuses on building the first 3G reference platform that utilizes both Intel’s and Symbian’s expertise in smartphone technology. The reference platform will enable mobile phone manufacturers to create differentiated handsets while significantly reducing development time – speeding the delivery of new phones to market.

“The next generation of handsets for 3G networks will require a platform approach that couples low power and high performance with robust application development,” said Sam Arditi, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Cellular and Handheld Group. “Intel’s wireless platforms combine leading edge hardware with Intel’s decades of experience in creating application ecosystems for data networks. Working with Nokia and Symbian to help bring Series 60-based devices to market means that developers and phone manufacturers will have new compelling tools to deliver on the promise of 3G.”

“We are delighted that Intel is joining the Series 60 Product Creation Community. The wide adoption of Series 60 Platform and Symbian OS by key wireless technology providers like Intel is essential for providing competitive solutions for the smartphone market,” said Antti Vasara, vice president, Nokia Technology Marketing and Sales. “By joining forces with Intel, Nokia has an additional compelling Series 603G offering for handset manufacturers, operators and developers around the world.”

“We are delighted with the collaboration between Nokia, Intel and Symbian to develop a 3G reference platform,” said David Levin, chief executive officer, Symbian, Ltd. “This co-development marks a deepening of the relationship between Intel and Symbian. By utilizing reference platforms from semiconductor technology providers such as Intel, Symbian OS licensees will be able to focus their energies to develop an even wider variety of differentiated, competitively priced Symbian OS products that meet the specific needs of the market and their network operator customers.”

About Intel
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.

About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and more than 15 million have been sold to date. Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).

About Symbian Expo
Symbian Expo – the smartphone show, Symbian’s sixth annual Expo is the only event dedicated entirely to the global smartphone industry. It covers every aspect of the smartphone market, from building mobile phones themselves to developing and deploying applications to mobile phone users and takes place at the ExCel Centre in London, UK, on 5th and 6th October 2004

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