Renesas Electronics signs up for Symbian

itemid-52401-getasset.jpgRenesas Electronics has joined the Symbian Foundation and will use the open source mobile phone software environment to support its mobile chipsets.

Key to this will be the company’s next-generation multi-core CPU technology and graphics chips, writes Richard Wilson.

Renesas said it also intends to contribute to the development of the Symbian Hardware Abstraction Interface (SHAI), which is intended to simplify implementation of the software.

Renesas is no stranger to the Symbian mobile operating system and already provides chipsets for NTT DOCOMO’s FOMA MOAP Symbian-based smartphones.

“We believe that Symbian’s global reach will allow us to further expand our mobile platform business into the smartphone market outside Japan,” said Hideaki Chaki, senior v-p at Renesas Electronics.

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