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Microsoft to port Windows Mobile OS to Qualcomm's MSM chipsets

Posted: 08 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? Microsoft? Windows Mobile? Mobile Station Modem? MSM?

Qualcomm Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced a collaboration to enable the porting of the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system to Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets.

According to the two companies, the result of the companies' collaboration will enable device manufacturers to develop affordable, feature-rich and attractive Windows Mobile-powered phones with MSM chipsets while shortening their product development times. Support for the Windows Mobile platform on Qualcomm's highly integrated MSM solutions also gives users extended battery life while running a wide variety of business and entertainment applications, such as Microsoft Office Mobile and Windows Media Player Mobile, along with third-party offerings.

"Having support for Windows Mobile on Qualcomm's MSM chipsets will bring a familiar software experience to the next generation of smaller, lighter phones with more appealing form factors," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our customers will be able to more quickly design cost-effective and innovative devices that harness the power of our Convergence Platform dual-processor solutions."

Microsoft and Qualcomm are fully integrating and testing support for the Windows Mobile operating system on Convergence Platform 7XXX-series MSM chipsets, which feature a dual-core architecture with an integrated ARM11 applications processor and ARM9 modem processor. The testing and integration speeds time to market by enabling handset manufacturers to easily develop Windows Mobile-powered devices featuring the Convergence Platform MSM chipsets by removing some custom development work that would otherwise be required. Additionally, device makers can take advantage of the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and UMTS modem features, as well as the hardware-accelerated multimedia capabilities, multi-megapixel camera support, 3D graphics and Assisted-GPS engines from the Launchpad suite of technologies integrated with Convergence Platform MSM chipsets.

Qualcomm is expected to begin offering support for Windows Mobile 5.0 on Convergence Platform MSM chipsets in the second half of 2006. In addition, Microsoft will incorporate a new Board Support Package and Radio Interface Layer for Qualcomm's Convergence Platform solutions into future distributions of Windows Mobile. Smartphones leveraging MSM solutions with Windows Mobile are forecasted to be available in 2007.

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