Intel and Symbian Combine Efforts to Expand Capabilities of Wireless Communications Devices

Intel Corporation and Symbian today announced that the two companies will work together to accelerate software application development for wireless devices based on the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) and Symbian OS, Symbian's operating system for data-enabled mobile phones.

Symbian also announced its support for Intel PCA, Intel's open design for building wireless handheld communications devices and software applications that combine voice communications and Internet access. The two companies are working together to port Symbian OS to the application processing engines for Intel PCA -- extending Symbian's support for the Intel(R) StrongARM* processor to future processors based on Intel XScale(TM) microarchitecture.

To support third party developers, the two companies will develop design guides for working with Symbian OS and Intel PCA, offer Symbian's operating system tools with Intel PCA software developer kits and host education and technical sessions at each other's technical development conferences: the Intel Developer Forum and the Symbian Developer Expo.

"Symbian is working closely with leading industry players like Intel to create a mass market for data-enabled mobile phones," said Mark Edwards, executive vice president, Symbian. "The key to success in this market is the provision of applications and services that give additional value to mobile phone users. Our initiative with Intel PCA allows us to extend Symbian's offerings to a wide developer base, bringing a focus to their efforts in building solutions for wireless devices."

"Adding Symbian to the growing roster of companies supporting Intel PCA is a key milestone for us, as we work with the industry to help bring true data applications capability to mobile devices," said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Wireless Communications and Computing Group. "Intel is pleased to work with Symbian to provide developers leading-edge development platforms for innovative wireless solutions."

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