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COOPERATION: Microsoft and Qualcomm to revolutionize the next generation of Smartphone chipsets
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 04.05.06 - 15:46:19 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9835x
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Qualcomm Incorporated and Microsoft Corp. today jointly announced a collaboration to enable the porting of the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system to Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets. The companies' collaboration will enable device manufacturers to develop affordable, feature-rich and attractive Windows Mobile-powered phones with MSM chipsets while shortening their product development times. Support for the Windows Mobile platform on Qualcomm's highly integrated MSM solutions also gives users extended battery life while running a wide variety of business and entertainment applications, such as Microsoft Office Mobile and Windows Media Player Mobile, along with third-party offerings.

"Having support for Windows Mobile on Qualcomm's MSM chipsets will bring a familiar software experience to the next generation of smaller, lighter phones with more appealing form factors," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our customers will be able to more quickly design cost-effective and innovative devices that harness the power of our Convergence Platform dual-processor solutions."

"We know that mobile operators are eager to attract and retain subscribers with an affordable portfolio of Windows Mobile-powered devices. More and more of their customers want capabilities such as mobile e-mail and Office productivity programs in a familiar and easy-to-use software experience," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president of the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division and Communications Sector Business at Microsoft. "Qualcomm's innovative hardware platform coupled with our versatile software experience does just that. It helps device-makers and mobile operators sell a broader range of mobile devices that generate increased revenue."

Microsoft and Qualcomm are fully integrating and testing support for the Windows Mobile operating system with Convergence Platform 7XXX-series MSM chipsets from Qualcomm, which feature a dual-core architecture with an integrated ARM11 applications processor and ARM9 modem processor for superior performance. The testing and integration speeds time to market by enabling handset manufacturers to more easily develop Windows Mobile-powered devices featuring the Convergence Platform MSM chipsets by removing some custom development work that would otherwise be required. In addition, device-makers can take advantage of the CDMA2000 1XEV-DO and UMTS modem features as well as the hardware-accelerated multimedia capabilities, multimegapixel camera support, 3-D graphics and Assisted-GPS engines from the Launchpad suite of technologies integrated with Convergence Platform MSM chipsets.

Qualcomm is expected to begin offering support for Windows Mobile 5.0 on Convergence Platform MSM chipsets in the second half of 2006. In addition, Microsoft will incorporate a new Board Support Package and Radio Interface Layer for Qualcomm's Convergence Platform solutions into future distributions of the Windows Mobile platform. Phones leveraging MSM solutions supporting the Windows Mobile platform are forecasted to be available in 2007.

Well, even if this press release sounds a little bit techie, it's an important one for the Windows Mobile device-world. You have to keep in mind that Qualcomm hold a lot of W-CDMA patents (where UMTS is based on) and most of today's 3G phones are running with Qualcomm W-CDMA chips (including HTC's Universal, the first and only UMTS Pocket PC so far). However, so far the ODMs must do a lot of RF work on the platform to get Windows Mobile working with the Qualcomm W-CDMA chips which becomes now way easier. Therefore we can expect a way better UMTS support for Windows Mobile devices now which basically will results in a broader range of UMTS enabled Windows Mobile devices.

Cheers ~ Arne


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