Microsoft and Intel have announced plans to develop reference designs for personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smart phones.
The reference designs, based on the Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC and Smartphone 2002 software platforms and the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA), will aim to promote the development of wireless applications and services for consumer and enterprise market segments.
As part of the initiative, Microsoft also announced its support for Intel PCA, a development blueprint for building wireless handheld communications devices that combine voice communications and Internet access capabilities.
This exciting collaboration with Intel will provide large and small manufacturers with a foundation for quickly bringing powerful, Windows Powered mobile devices to market, said Ben Waldman, vice president for the Mobility Division at Microsoft. Ultimately, we’re striving to bring down the barriers to entry for device manufacturers and paving the way for a market explosion of innovative, smart devices at low cost, which will benefit customers, carriers and the industry at large.
As the wireless handset industry integrates data, the combined solutions of Intel and Microsoft will enable wireless devices and applications to effectively become part of the enterprise environment at global businesses, said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of the Wireless Communications and Computing Group at Intel. Wireless device manufacturers, software developers, service providers and consumers will all benefit from the expertise that Intel and Microsoft bring to the wireless industry.