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ARM, partners develop Linux platform for next-gen mobile

Posted: 05 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile application? Linux? open source platform?

ARM and six companies have collaborated to develop a Linux-based open source platform for next-generation mobile applications in order to address consumer demand for access to the Internet and advanced applications on larger display mobile devices.

The collaboration builds on the ARM architecture and its ecosystem of partners to deliver a standards-base platform based on Linux. The companies are all working to accelerate the enablement of truly always on, connected mobile computing (CMC) devices. By releasing the new platform into the open source community, the new platform will be adopted by ARM's software and silicon vendors, including Marvell, MontaVista, Movial, Mozilla, Samsung and Texas Instruments.

This effort between ARM and its partners focuses on the development of an open source platform based on Linux, Gnome Mobile and Mozilla Firefox that runs on ARM Partners' advanced SoCs. The collaboration strengthens ARM's OS and browser ecosystem, while leveraging the ability of ARM partners to quickly bring products and technologies with compelling graphics, video, multimedia and Internet capabilities to consumers.

Time-to-market is critical, competition is fierce and consumers' expectation for an always on Internet experience on mobile devices continues to increase. The group also addresses the technology challenges and time-to-market requirements that are essential in the development of CMC devices including but not limited to battery life, software integration and Web browsing capabilities.

"Today's consumers are very knowledgeable about technology, want to be connected to the Internet and access multimedia content and applications anywhere, at anytime, yet they do not want to be restricted by short battery life and inadequate features that will limit their experiences," said Mike Inglis, executive VP, sales and marketing, ARM. "By stepping up the collaboration among key stakeholders in the mobile market, we will be able to jointly deliver the devices and applications with the cutting-edge innovation consumers have come to expect."

"The market for ultra mobile devices is expected to grow at over a 20 percent CAGR through the next decade driven by new communications standards, content rich data provided over the Internet, new usage models, and new business models," commented Jim McGregor, research director of the enabling technologies, In-Stat. "A critical component of success in this market will be building on industry standards that promote innovation in silicon, systems, and most importantly, software solutions. Through open standards and growing industry support, Linux naturally promotes such innovation."

ARM and its partners plan to release a full platform in early 2008 and bring devices to the market in early 2009. The platform is subject to open source licensing terms and the collaboration is expected to deliver additional projects over time.

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