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NEC, Panasonic develop 3G mobile phone software platform

Posted: 23 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nec? panasonic? linux software? 36 mobile phone? ntt docomo?

NEC Corp. and Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Ind. Co. Ltd, have developed a Linux-based software platform for 3G mobile phones. The platform is an achievement of their joint development efforts since their alliance was formed in August 2001.

The software platform is expected to be first used in three new FOMA 3G mobile phones for NTT Docomo Inc., NEC-made N901iC (FeliCa compatible) and N900iL, as well as Panasonic-made P901i. The N900iL, a dual-network model targeted for corporate users that runs on both FOMA and WLAN networks, was already released this month. The release dates of the other two models are not determined. NTT Docomo participated in the development of the platform.

According to the companies, main advantages of the new platform include easy integration of advanced multimedia applications and efficient use of software and human resources. By utilizing a variety of capabilities the Linux OS offers, application developers can enhance multimedia features required for 3G mobile handsets. Versatility of the Linux OS also facilitates incorporation of third-party developed advanced software. Adoption of Linux also enables design houses to focus their manpower and financial resources on designing application software.

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