AMD joins Intel’s Linux OS project


AMD has joined the MeeGo open source Linux project, set up by Intel and Nokia and now run by the Linux Foundation.

The MeeGo open software platform for mobile devices has created by a collaboration between Intel and Nokia.

The two companies are merging their separate Linux-based Moblin and Maemo software platforms to create a open software platform, called MeeGo, that will run a range of hardware in netbooks, tablets and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

First devices from Nokia and other manufacturers are expected to be launched this year.

“MeeGo represents an exciting, open-source mobile operating system we expect to be adopted by mobile and embedded device makers over time,” said Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president, software development, AMD.

This deal with Nokia confirms those ambitions as Intel tries to compete with chip rivals Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, along with a range of ARM-based processors from the likes of Freescale and NXP.  

Behind the open software collaboration will be the Ovi Store a channel to market for apps and content for all Nokia devices, including MeeGo and Symbian-based.

The Intel AppUpSM Center will be the path to market for Intel-based MeeGo devices from other device manufacturers.

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The MeeGo project is hosted by the Linux Foundation, an industry grouping which is promoting Linux in embedded mobile handsets and netbook applications.

“We expect that this operating system will help drive our embedded plans and create expanded market opportunities for our forthcoming Accelerated Processing Units,” said Bar-Haim.

AMD has a seat on the Linux Foundation’s board of directors.

“Built from the ground up for a whole new class of mobile computing devices, MeeGo gives companies like AMD and its partners unlimited opportunities to accelerate innovation for the next generation of computing,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation.

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