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