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Updated: Intel is expected to announce today that will sell its chips to Nokia for use in the Swedish Finnish handset maker’s mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The deal may be a coup for Intel’s low-power Atom chips, which it hopes to provide […]

Updated: imagesIntel is expected to announce today that will sell its chips to Nokia for use in the Swedish Finnish handset maker’s mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The deal may be a coup for Intel’s low-power Atom chips, which it hopes to provide in small computers, embedded devices and eventually, smartphones. Intel’s Anand Chandrasekher, senior VP and general manager of the firm’s Ultra Mobility Group, is scheduled to host a conference call today at 8:30 PT.

If the Bloomberg report is correct, my bet is it means Nokia is building out some type of netbook, not that Intel is making huge inroads into the smartphone market. Intel’s Moorestown chip, which integrates a cellular radio and the low-power Atom processor, is expected in 2010 and may be the star of the press conference. A deal with Nokia, even if it is for a netbook, would validate Intel’s strategy of moving into lower-cost mobile chips for computing and keep Intel’s x86 architecture relevant in a mobile world. I wonder if the proposed netbook will run Nokia’s Symbian operating system or Intel’s Mobilin. Update: The two unveiled “a long-term relationship to develop a new class of Intel Architecture-based mobile computing device and chipset architectures which will combine the performance of powerful computers with high-bandwidth mobile broadband communications and ubiquitous Internet connectivity.” Neither was to discuss any actual products that might come out of the agreement, however.

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  1. Nokia is a finnish company, not swedish.

  2. Wow, proofread any? Also Nokia is a Finnish company last time I checked.

    1. Fixed. sorry about that. Stacey must be in between flights when posting that.

      1. Stacey Higginbotham Om Malik Tuesday, June 23, 2009

        Thanks, Om and thanks Guma and Brian for pointing that out. I shouldn’t write before those early morning flights.

    2. Wow, Thanks Brian! Clearly that changes *everything* above. Yet another victory of the vigilant English majors over tech bloggers.

  3. i hope nokia netbook doesnt use symbian

    1. I can almost guarantee any Nokia Netbook will use Maemo considering their investment in that platform. We can only hope they will kill off Symbian completely.

      1. Stacey Higginbotham Brian Tuesday, June 23, 2009

        Brian, two points for you! Maemo and Moblin are the way the devices will go.

  4. Huckleberry Finn Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Moblin or Symbian??? Stacey and the Gigaom team could start by doing some back ground on Nokia’s open source and software efforts… :-) Finally Silicon Valley gets a reason to follow what the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is up to.

    Nokia has acquired Trolltech and its QT and sports already a vibrant open source community around its Maemo platform. Check out http://www.qtsoftware.com/ and http://www.maemo.org/ for starters.

  5. Intel and Nokia Strike Mobile Partnership, Including Open Source | google android os blog Thursday, June 25, 2009

    [...] some of the Wind River technology will boost the effort from Intel and Nokia. As GigaOm reports, it may also mean that Nokia netbooks are imminent. Intel wants to keep its x86 architecture moving in an increasingly mobile market, and will likely [...]

  6. Analyst: Nokia to Offer an Android Netbook in 2010 Friday, June 26, 2009

    [...] market is dominated by PC players, but Nokia has teamed up with Intel, which means that if an ARM-based netbook fails, it has an alternative design in the works. Also [...]

  7. Will Nokia Jettison Symbian for Android? Sunday, July 5, 2009

    [...] I am still having a tough time believing that Nokia will switch horses. It is quite possible that the company is using Android as a basis for a 3G- or 4G-enabled netbook-type device that’s powered by Intel’s chips. [...]

  8. Nokia’s flirtation with Android raises questions about Symbian investment, again. « Business Anywhere Blog Monday, July 6, 2009

    [...] I truly doubt that Nokia has given up on Symbian just yet. It was only a little over a year ago that Nokia spent millions of dollars to buy out its partners in the OS and made it open source. Secondly, Nokia has been saying since February that they were going to develop Android based devices. I have to agree with Om Malik of GigaOm: It is quite possible that the company is using Android as a basis for a 3G- or 4G-enabled netbook-type device that’s powered by Intel’s chips. [...]

  9. Nokia Slims Down, Sells Wireless Technology Business for $200M Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    [...] in under a year — the Finnish phone-maker announced partnerships with both Microsoft and Intel in 2009 to help stave off competitor such as Apple and Google in the hotly contested smartphone [...]

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