Nokia and ST-Ericsson have announced jointly today a new smartphone platform for the Symbian Foundation that will enable the handling of full high-definition 1080p video camcorder functions. According to the press release (after the jump) this will be possible due to the U8500 SMP A9 CPU.
The two companies claim that the chip coupled with their 3D graphics accelerator will provide a “PC-like Web-browsing experience on next-generation smartphones”.
Geneva, SWITZERLAND, February 17, 2009 – Nokia and ST-Ericsson announced they are cooperating to provide the Symbian Foundation with a reference platform based on ST-Ericsson’s U8500 single chip. The chip, which combines ST-Ericsson’s well-proven application processor and state-of-the-art HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem, will enable the wide adoption, across the industry, of feature-rich, multimedia 3G Smartphones.
Demonstrating its emphasis on execution excellence, ST-Ericsson also confirmed that it had met its milestones, on time, and the Company is ready to provide first samples of the Smartphone platform by the end of the first quarter of 2009.
The U8500, which relies on the Nomadik application-processor technology, integrates the latest SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) ARM dual-Cortex A9 CPU in a high-performance, low-power and cost-optimized platform supporting Symbian Foundation software. The chip is the first device enabling full High-Definition 1080 progressive-scan camcorder functions. With its combination of a dual-core SMP processor and its high-end 3-D graphics accelerator, the chip delivers a unique PC-like Web-browsing experience on next-generation Smartphones.
“We are confident the U8500 will fuel the growth of Web-enabled multimedia handheld devices and are excited to be working with Nokia and the Symbian Foundation to bring the most innovative products to market,” said Monica de Virgiliis, Vice President, Wireless Multimedia Group.
“I’m very pleased with ST-Ericsson’s execution on the U8500 platform and look forward to using the platform in our products and seeing it chosen by other Symbian Foundation partners,” said Peter Ropke, Sr. Vice President R&D Nokia Devices.
ST-Ericsson is a world leader in developing and delivering a complete portfolio of innovative mobile platforms and cutting-edge wireless semiconductor solutions across the broad spectrum of mobile technologies. The company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers and ST-Ericsson’s products and technologies enable more than half of all phones in use today. The global company of 8,000 people generated pro-forma sales of about USD 3.6 billion in 2008. ST-Ericsson was established as a 50/50 joint venture by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson in February 2009, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. More information on ST-Ericsson is available at http://www.stericsson.com.