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Intel, Nokia Announce New Mobile Phone Partnership

June 24, 2009

Intel Corp and Nokia on Tuesday announced the formation of a new alliance to develop a new variety of smartphones.

The new agreement marks Intel’s first major step into the market of mobile devices.

Under the collaboration, Intel will gain a Nokia HSPA/3G modem IP license for future products.

“The Nokia modem license complements Intel’s broadband wireless technologies and will enable the company to extend chipset solutions incorporating Nokia’s modem technologies across its mobility offerings in the future,” the firms said in a statement.

Additionally, both companies will be working to develop new open source software initiatives that will create common technologies for the Moblin and Maemo platform projects, which will deliver Linux-based operating systems for these future mobile computing devices, Nokia and Intel said.

“Intel at least has its foot in the door. It’s an important and strategic customer,” Gartner analyst Jon Erensen told Reuters on Tuesday.

“This Intel and Nokia collaboration unites and focuses many of the brightest computing and communications minds in the world, and will ultimately deliver open and standards-based technologies, which history shows drive rapid innovation, adoption and consumer choice,” said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel Corporation senior vice president and general manager, Ultra Mobility Group.

“With the convergence of the Internet and mobility as the team’s only barrier, I can only imagine the innovation that will come out of our unique relationship with Nokia. The possibilities are endless.”

“We will explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays that will go far beyond devices and services on the market today,” said Kai Oistamo, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia. This collaboration will be compelling not only for our companies, but also for our industries, our partners and, of course, for consumers.”

Earlier this month, Intel announced plans to acquire Wind River, which creates software for mobile devices developed by Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics, Hewlett-Packard Co and Motorola.

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