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May 4, 2006 at 10:25 AM

Microsoft and Qualcomm

In another partnership involving well known names (see item below), Microsoft announced today that it will work with Qualcomm, the maker of wireless chipsets, to build a more affordable device that will take less time to get to market.

The announcement, although very technical, is significant for Microsoft, which is trying to become more competitive in the wireless space.

Microsoft and Qualcomm will integrate the Windows Mobile operating system into Qualcomm’s dual-core architecture chips. By integrating the two and testing it ahead of time, it will remove some of the custom development that it previously took to build a chipset.

Dual-core means that both the phone functions and the PC-like functions in a device will reside on the same chipset, which also makes it cheaper to produce the phone. The chipsets are for 3G technology, which provide broadband speeds. Qualcomm makes chipsets for CDMA technologies provided by carriers such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

Microsoft and Qualcomm expect to begin offering support for the Windows Mobile chipsets in the second half of this year. The phones are forecasted to be available in 2007.

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