Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the global leader in system-enabling software solutions for PCs and connected digital devices and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., a global multimedia and mobile communications leader - Monday announced the first Mobile Communicator device based on the Symbian platform.
SANYO's Communicator features wireless Internet access, a Personal Information Manager (PIM), supports the Bluetooth wireless protocol, and supports USB peripherals.
This SANYO Mobile Communicator project marks Phoenix's entry into the Wireless Information Device (WID) market.
Dr. Tsugufumi Matsuoka, General Manager R&D Headquarters at SANYO stated, "We are confident that the introduction of SANYO's Communicator is the first step toward becoming a leader in the race to develop the next generation Mobile Communicator."
He further added: "Phoenix provided unique system-enabling software and related integration services for the SANYO platform, which is the first Mobile Communicator on the market to include Bluetooth and USB support running on the Symbian platform."
As the systems integrator, Phoenix developed a solution that brings platform-specific features together, including support for the microprocessor, the Symbian platform, Bluetooth and USB silicon support, associated drivers, and other firmware. The Symbian platform is becoming the global standard used in mobile communication devices. SANYO has adopted the Symbian platform due to its strong potential for wireless communications.
"Enabling Internet access is a critical component of our strategy for growth," said Al Sisto, president and CEO, Phoenix Technologies. "Leading companies like SANYO are relying on Phoenix to provide system-enabling software solutions for creating configurable information appliances and wireless digital devices. Our work on the SANYO Communicator reinforces Phoenix's unique value in connecting complex computing platforms to operating environments."
"This represents a natural extension of Phoenix's expertise into the Information appliance and wireless device market," said Tim Bajarin, president, Creative Strategies. "With their experience in hardware platforms, operating systems, standards and connectivity, this move should have tremendous value in enabling companies to build devices for the convergence economy."
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