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Duo to provide smart phone platform

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:platform smart phone? chip U8500? Nokia ST-Ericsson Symbian?

Nokia and ST-Ericsson are cooperating to provide the Symbian Foundation with a reference platform based on ST-Ericsson's U8500 single chip. The chip, which combines ST-Ericsson's application processor and high-speed packet access (HSPA) Release 7 modem, will enable the wide adoption of feature-rich multimedia 3G smart phones.

ST-Ericsson also confirmed that it is ready to provide first samples of the smart phone platform by the end of Q1 09.

The U8500, which relies on the Nomadik application-processor technology, integrates the latest symmetric multi-processing (SMP) ARM dual-Cortex A9 CPU in a high-performance, low-power and cost-optimized platform supporting Symbian Foundation software. The chip is the first device enabling full HD 1080 progressive-scan camcorder functions, according to the press release. With its combination of a dual-core SMP processor and its high-end 3D graphics accelerator, the chip delivers a PC-like Web-browsing experience on next-generation smart phones.

"We are confident the U8500 will fuel the growth of Web-enabled multimedia handheld devices, and are excited to be working with Nokia and the Symbian Foundation to bring the most innovative products to market," said Monica de Virgiliis, VP of the wireless multimedia group at ST-Ericsson.

"I'm very pleased with ST-Ericsson's execution on the U8500 platform and look forward to using the platform in our products and seeing it chosen by other Symbian Foundation partners," said Peter Ropke, senior VP of R&D at Nokia Devices.

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