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Nokia and Texas Instruments To Offer Complete Open Reference Platforms for Next-Generation Smart Phones

By Combining the Series 60(tm) Platform and OMAP(tm) Processor-based Platforms, the Companies Will Offer Their First Series 60-based Open Smart Phone Reference Platforms

Feb 18, 2002

CANNES (February 18, 2002) -- Nokia (NYSE: NOK), and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) announced they will offer mobile handset manufacturers and application developers a complete open and standards-based reference platform, combining Nokia's Series 60 terminal software platform and developer SDK (Software Development Kit), TI's OMAP processor-based reference platforms and development toolkit, and the Symbian OS. These Series 60-based open reference platforms will be delivered as solutions ready for manufacturing and integration into final products. The first Series 60-based Complete Smart Phone Reference Platform is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2002.
The complete reference platform will enable mobile handset manufacturers to introduce leading-edge 2.5 and 3G smart phones with a high level of integration, performance and power efficiency. The solution is highly cost-efficient and will significantly reduce the time-to-market. The openness and scalability of the reference platform, as well as the source code licensing terms of the Series 60 platform to Nokia licensees will give extra confidence to manufacturers, who want to secure their long-term hardware and software investments.
The open reference platforms by Nokia and TI will support a wide variety of wireless technologies compliant with common industry standards. This will enable network operators, and handset manufacturers to select the optimized solutions for their specific needs. The reference platforms will stimulate innovation and vigorous growth of interoperable mobile applications and services, thereby supporting the key principle of the Open Mobile Architecture Initiative. The open reference platform also will vastly benefit applications developers who will be able to write, test and validate end-to-end applications on a combined, optimized platform.
The Series 60 platform is a terminal-software platform for smart phones that Nokia licenses to other mobile-handset manufacturers as a source-code product. Manufacturers will be able to integrate the Series 60 platform into their own phone designs running on top of the Symbian OS. The Series 60 platform includes mobile browsing, multimedia messaging and content downloading, as well as a host of personal information management and telephony applications. In addition, it includes a complete and modifiable user interface - all designed to run on top of the Symbian OS, an operating system for advanced, data enabled mobile phones.
"The Series 60 Platform supports critical enabling technologies, such as XHTML, MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) and Java(tm) to ensure interoperability among mobile devices, different network infrastructures and content. Our long-term cooperation with TI has resulted in this new reference design platform that combines the Series 60 with TI's OMAP processors. This will offer both mobile handset manufacturers and applications developers the industry's best future-proof solution to develop very competitive and advanced products and solutions for a truly global mobile services market," said Pertti Korhonen, senior vice president, Mobile Software, Nokia.
The hardware reference platforms are based on TI's OMAP application processors and TI's industry leading 2.5G GPRS modem solutions including DSP-based digital baseband, analog and RF devices, complete software solutions with protocol stacks, as well as a comprehensive hardware and software development environment. TI's OMAP processors provide full compatibility with Nokia's Series 60 software and the Symbian OS, allowing developers to create advanced applications in a proven environment.
"Combining technologies from mobile industry leaders, Nokia and TI, in a single, ready-to-use solution will give a significant boost to the introduction of 2.5G smart phones," said Gilles Delfassy, TI senior vice president, Wireless Terminal Business Unit general manager. "The high-performance and the low power consumption of the complete system solutions will also enable application developers to fully exploit the possibilities offered by 2.5 and 3G services."
The reference platforms, which will support bandwidth-intensive and multimedia-rich wireless applications, will leverage TI's OMAP processor to enable services such as multimedia messaging, video and Internet audio downloads, e-mail, real-time Web browsing, advanced security, games and location-based services.