Nokia and TI, Microsoft and Intel tie up on phone platforms

Nokia has teamed up with TI and Microsoft has thrown its lot in with Intel to offer mobile handset manufacturers standards-based reference platforms for next generation mobile phones.

Nokia has teamed up with Texas Instruments to offer mobile handset manufacturers an open standards-based reference platform, while Microsoft and Intel have formed an initiative to develop reference designs for personal digital assistants (PDAs) as well as smart phones.

The Nokia/TI reference platform will combine Nokia’s Series 60 terminal software platform and developer SDK (Software Development Kit), TI’s OMAP processor-based reference platforms and development toolkit, and the Symbian OS.

These Series 60-based open reference platforms will be delivered as solutions ready for manufacturing and integration into final products.

The Series 60 platform is a terminal-software platform for smart phones that Nokia licenses to other mobile-handset manufacturers as a source-code product. Manufacturers will be able to integrate the Series 60 platform into their own phone designs running on top of the Symbian OS.

The Series 60 platform includes mobile browsing, multimedia messaging and content downloading, as well as a host of personal information management and telephony applications. In addition, it includes a complete and modifiable user interface – all designed to run on top of the Symbian OS, an operating system for advanced, data enabled mobile phones.

The hardware reference platforms are based on TI’s OMAP application processors and TI’s 2.5G GPRS modem solutions including DSP-based digital baseband, analog and RF devices, complete software solutions with protocol stacks, as well as a hardware and software development environment.

The first Series 60-based Complete Smart Phone Reference Platform is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2002.

The Microsoft and Intel reference designs will be based on the Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC and Smartphone 2002 software platforms and the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (PCA), a development blueprint for building wireless handheld communications devices that combine voice communications and Internet access capabilities.

Key components of the Intel PCA include processors, such as the Intel StrongARM processor that powers Pocket PC-based PDAs and the newly introduced Intel PXA250 applications processor, as well as baseband chipsets and flash memory.

The Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 software provides secure corporate data and Web access, e-mail, up-to-date PIM functionality, and multimedia capabilities, on a high-quality mobile phone.