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Open OS phone platform unveiled at 3GSM

Posted: 22 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FSMLabs? Infineon? Comneon? Linux phone? single-core Linux mobile solution?

Targeting the high volume and cost sensitive mid-range and low-end segments of the cellphone market, Comneon, Infineon Technologies AG and Finite State Machine Labs Inc. (FSMLabs) have jointly integrated a single-core Linux solution on a mobile phone platform at the recent 3GSM World Congress.

The solution consisted of RTLinux running modem software on the Infineon scalable, Linux-based MP-Elite single-core architecture that is powered by the S-GOLD Radio. The platform is optimized for less MIPS consumption and compressed memory requirements to fit the stringent performance criteria of single-core phones.

The form factor phone designed around Infineon MP-Elite has a full feature multimedia Linux reference integration and is the first open OS phone platform for feature phones in its price range. The platform will support video streaming and telephony on a single processor for modem and application functionality. It offers all of the benefits of embedded Linux running on a conventional chipset family.

"By eliminating the need for a dedicated application processor or even a multimedia companion, the MP-Elite's architecture provides a competitive mobile phone solution which offers the opportunity to significantly reduce the costs associated with Linux-based mobile handsets," said Clemens Jargon, VP of the business unit feature phone at Infineon.

Added Christian Mucke, managing director, Comneon, "The short development time and reduced effort required to demonstrate this innovative Linux platform underscore the advantages of Comneon' modular, highly portable protocol stack software architecture. Our protocol stack family now supports full-featured OS, in addition to native real-time OSes, bringing the number of supported platform combinations beyond 20."

"We have waited a long time for a full-featured platform to finally support single core Linux implementations, so I am pleased that FSMLabs has partnered with Infineon and Comneon to be the first to prove the merits of this architecture for the feature phone space," said Jason Whitmire, managing director at FSMLabs.

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