Intel has selected IBM as the premier provider of embedded software for its Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) for wireless devices and other Internet appliances.
The two companies will work together to deliver hardware and software solutions for new, Internet-ready devices, targeting device manufacturers, application developers and carriers.
IBM will support Intel PCA by porting IBM’s WebSphere Everyplace Suite Embedded Edition, which is cross-platform embedded middleware, and tools for devices to the Intel StrongARM processor and future processors based on Intel’s XScale microarchitecture.
Intel will distribute IBM’s device middleware with its Intel PCA software developer kit and hardware reference design guide that will be delivered to the industry later this year. Embedded middleware manages communications, enables content and service creation and provides transactions between a device and a backend server.
Last October, Intel and IBM teamed to deliver an in-car client reference platform featuring IBM VisualAge Micro Edition Toolkit support for the Intel XScale microarchitecture.
Today’s announcement expands this effort to include personal digital assistants, web tablets, cell phones and other Internet-ready devices.