Linux at heart of Intel’s mobile plans, following Nokia deal?

intel-atom-on-wafer-detail-168-x128-thumb-118x89-39431.jpgIntel and Nokia announced this week that they are to work together to develop mobile chipsets and a Linux-based mobile computing platform for future netbook products.

The collaboration, which is more than a straight silicon supply deal, is the most significant design-in for Intel’s Atom mobile processor technology, reports Elexctronics Weekly Editor Richard Wilson.

The companies said they would work together on open source mobile Linux software projects. Intel will also acquire a Nokia HSPA/3G modem IP license for use in future products.

“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 v-p for devices at Nokia.

“We will explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays,” said Öistämö.

This work will presumably be supported by Intel’s acquisition last month of Wind River, which has a range of embedded development tools supporting Linux platforms.

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