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Palm Launches New Initiative to Silicon Solution Providers
Posted: 24-Jul-2001 [Source: Palm press release]

[Deal with chip makers Intel, Motorola, and Texas Instruments to allow elements of the Palm OS to be built into microprocessors based on ARM architecture.]

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Consistent with its strategy to fuel innovation and broaden the market for Palm Powered(R) devices, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today announced that key suppliers of ARM(R) core-based technology have joined its new Palm OS(R) Ready Program. Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) and Motorola (NYSE: MOT) will produce reference designs, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) will develop a wireless processing platform, optimized to support the Palm OS platform via a development license with Palm. The Palm OS Ready Program is intended to strengthen the Palm OS licensing strategy in the multimedia and wireless device markets as well as assist licensees in bringing innovative ARM core-based devices to market more quickly.

Intel will provide Intel(R) StrongARM and Intel(R) XScale(TM) Palm OS Ready solutions, Motorola will provide DragonBall MX1 Palm OS Ready solutions, and TI will provide OMAP(TM) platform Palm OS Ready solutions. ARM will work closely with Palm to ensure that the Palm OS migrates smoothly to the ARM architecture and that ARM development tools are optimized to support the Palm OS platform.

By licensing components of the Palm OS platform to silicon solution providers, Palm is enabling them to provide more complete processor solutions to licensees of the Palm OS platform. This should save licensees development time, freeing them to focus technical resources on innovative differentiation based on their own areas of expertise. In addition, it is anticipated that new segments of developers will use these extended device capabilities to join the more than 160,000 developers in the Palm Economy. Users of Palm Powered devices should benefit by having more innovative devices from which to choose, and having them available sooner.

"As the worldwide leader in providing the software platform for handheld, mobile and wireless devices, Palm is accelerating the choices and levels of innovation available," said Alan Kessler, vice president and general manager of Palm's Platform Solutions Group. "We are setting a new agenda for our industry that should result in more innovation and quicker development of ARM core-based Palm Powered devices."

"This new program is a good move for Palm because it should both shorten the time to market for device makers and expand the total number of copies of Palm OS in use," said Al Gillen, research manager, system software at International Data Corp. (IDC). "More copies of an operating system in use translates to a bigger market for application vendors."

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