Intel and Nokia announced a technology agreement today that is intended to drive both companies’ efforts in the mobile device segment. The agreement is broken down into three separate areas:
Intel architecture — Future chipsets can be leveraged by both Intel and Nokia to bring communications and computing technologies together into single products.
Linux software development — Both companies intend to share development efforts that will be leveraged on both Intel’s Moblin OS and Nokia’s Maemo OS. The two OSes will still be developed separately by each company. Moblin is currently available in beta form for netbooks, while Maemo runs in Nokia’s Internet Tablets and is planned for phone handsets.
Nokia HSPA 3G licensing — Intel is licensing Nokia’s HSPA 3G technology to be used in future chipsets.
Neither company was prepared to discuss any actual products that might come out of this agreement, nor would they admit that products will actually be the result. When pressed for clarification on this point they indicated that totally new product types might be the result, but declined to provide further information. Intel has been trolling the mobile device waters for some time with netbooks and MIDs, so it’s not clear what type of new devices could be the result of this agreement.
When pressed for details of the agreement, neither company would divulge much other than to admit that no part of it is exclusive to either company. Both Intel and Nokia can continue all other business as usual, with no restrictions. Nokia was asked how this agreement with Intel would affect its long-standing relationship with Intel rival ARM, and the company indicated it wouldn’t affect it at all. Nokia’s use of the ARM chipset in its mobile phones will continue as usual.
Nokia has licensed the HSPA 3G technology to a number of other companies prior to this agreement with Intel, but hasn’t named them.