Con un comunicato stampa congiunto, peraltro allegato di seguito, Intel e Nokia hanno annunciato la nascita di una storica partnership che vedrà le due organizzazioni impegnate fianco a fianco nello sviluppo di una "nuova classe di sistemi mobile di calcolo basati su una architettura Intel" e di "architetture e chipset in grado di combinare le performance tipiche dei computer ad alte prestazioni con le comunicazioni mobile a larga banda e la connettività wireless a Internet".
In accordo a Intel e Nokia, è in via di definizione una nuova piattaforma per ambito mobile, che supererà sostanzialmente le sue implementazioni attuali, ben
rappresentate da sistemi come gli smartphone, i notebook e i netbook. La nuova piattaforma sarà destinata all'equipaggiamento dell'hardware di nuova
concezione, sarà utilizzabile mediante uno strato di software anch'esso "next gen" e permetterà di introdurre nuovi servizi nel settore dell'Internet mobile.
Al fine di raggiungere questo ambizioso obiettivo, Intel e Nokia hanno intenzione di mettere a fattore comune il know-how e il successo che ognuna delle due aziende può vantare nel proprio ambito di riferimento, rappresentato dallo sviluppo delle architetture hardware per il computing e dalla capacità di "connettere gli utenti" tramite reti mobile rispettivamente.
Si tratta di una alleanza ambiziosa e promettente, che lega due realtà che giocano ciascuna un ruolo di player dominante in più settori dell'IT e del mercato più in generale. Intel e Nokia hanno anche annunciato il supporto di alcuni progetti Open Source in cui il mondo Linux è legato all'ambito del Mobile Computing.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF., and ESPOO, FINLAND, June 23, 2009 – Further uniting the Internet with mobile phones and computers, Intel Corporation
and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship to develop a new class of Intel Architecture-based mobile computing device and chipset architectures which
will combine the performance of powerful computers with high-bandwidth mobile broadband communications and ubiquitous Internet connectivity.
To realize this shared vision, both companies are expanding their longstanding relationship to define a new mobile platform beyond today's
smartphones, notebooks and netbooks, enabling the development of a variety of innovative hardware, software and mobile Internet services.
Taking advantage of each company's expertise as leaders in their respective fields, these future standards-based devices will marry the
best features and capabilities of the computing and communications worlds and will transform the user experience, bringing incredible mobile applications and
always on, always connected wireless Internet access in a user-friendly pocketable form factor.
The Intel and Nokia effort includes collaboration in several open source mobile Linux software projects. Intel will also acquire a Nokia
HSPA/3G modem IP license for use in future products.
The companies expect many innovations to result from this collaboration over time.
"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."
"Today's announcement represents a significant commitment to work together on the future of mobile computing, and we plan to turn our
joint research into action," said Kai Öistämö, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia. "We will explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays that
will go far beyond devices and services on the market today. This collaboration will be compelling not only for our companies, but also for our industries,
our partners and, of course, for consumers."
Open Source Software Collaboration
The effort also includes technology development and cooperation in several open source software initiatives in order to develop common technologies for use
in the Moblin and Maemo platform projects, which will deliver Linux-based operating systems for these future mobile computing devices.
The companies are coordinating their Open Source technology selection and development investments, including alignment on a range of key
Open Source technologies for Mobile Computing such as: oFono*, ConnMan*, Mozilla*, X.Org*, BlueZ*, D-BUS*, Tracker*, GStreamer*, PulseAudio*. Collectively,
these technologies will provide an open source standards-based means to deliver a wealth of mobile Internet and communication experiences, with rich graphics
and multimedia capabilities.
Hosted by the Linux Foundation, Moblin is an optimized open source Linux operating system project that delivers visually rich Internet
media experiences on Intel Atom™ processor-based devices including MIDs, netbooks, nettops, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and embedded systems. For
more information see www.moblin.org.
Maemo is a Linux operating system, mostly based on open source code and powers mobile computers such as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet.
The Maemo platform has been developed by Nokia in collaboration with many open source projects. For more information see www.maemo.org.
Enabling common technologies across the Moblin and Maemo software environments will help foster the development of compatible applications
for these devices – building on the huge number of off-the-shelf PC compatible applications. The open source projects will be governed using the best
practices of the open source development model.
Intel to License Nokia's HSPA/3G Modem Technologies
Building on today's announcement, Intel and Nokia have signed an agreement that will enable Intel to license Nokia's HSPA/3G modem technologies with the aim
of developing advanced mobile computing solutions that deliver a powerful and flexible computing experience – combining the best-in-class 3GPP modem
technology with the high performance and low power consumption of future Intel Architecture-based platforms.
Intel supports multiple mobile broadband standards on its platforms to address the needs of service providers worldwide, and to provide
people with an always-connected experience.
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.
Nokia is continuing to develop its leading modem technology, which includes protocol software and related digital design for the full
suite of 3GPP standards through WCDMA/GSM and its evolution, and then licenses the technology to chipset manufacturers to develop and produce chipsets for
Nokia's licensable modem technology is the trusted connectivity choice, providing credible and reliable options for the industry based on
Nokia wireless modems' embedded history and experience. The Intel license of Nokia's modem technologies is another step in executing Nokia's chipset strategy
to create multiple, competitive chipset choices to the industry.
Source: Intel & Nokia Press Release