Intel & Nokia Partner on Mobile Devices

MIDs by any other name?

Having failed to convince the world to join its promised MID revolution – if poor MID sales are any indication – Intel has teamed up with Nokia with a view to creating yet another new class of portable devices.

The two companies will be collaborating to develop devices which will, unsurprisingly, be Intel Architecture-based and, it’s said, will 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.” Forgive me for thinking that’s exactly what MIDs were supposed, and more or less failed, to do.

Intel will be acquiring a Nokia HSPA/3G model license, bolstering the expectation that the results of this teaming to come fitted with wireless internet access – as if that was at all unlikely. It’s tempting to hope that we could also see 3G modems integrated into other Intel platforms, too – the next generation of Atom chipsets, perhaps?

Intel and Nokia will also be partnering their development efforts in Open Source platforms such as Moblin, Intel’s netbook-orientated Linux operating system, and Maemo, a Linux OS used on devices such as Nokia’s N810 Internet Tablet.

Considering Nokia’s share of the mobile device market – and experience in developing such products – and Intel’s R&D expertise (and budget!) it would be nice to think the collaboration could result in some killer products. Sadly with no timescale mentioned for when we can expect to see the fruits of the to companies’ labour, we could be waiting a while to find out if that’s the case.


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