UK-based ARM has announced that it and six companies will work together to develop a Linux-based open source platform for next-generation mobile applications.
The collaboration, which includes Marvell, MontaVista, Movial, Mozilla, Samsung, and Texas Instruments, was announced at the fourth annual ARM Developers’ Conference being held this week in Santa Clara, California, and will work to accelerate the enablement of Linux-based truly always on, connected mobile computing (CMC) devices.
This effort between ARM and its partners focuses on the development of an open source platform based on Linux, Gnome Mobile and Mozilla Firefox that runs on ARM Partners’ advanced systems on chip (SoCs).
“Today’s consumers are very knowledgeable about technology, want to be connected to the Internet and access multimedia content and applications anywhere, at anytime, yet they do not want to be restricted by short battery life and inadequate features that will limit their experiences,” said Mike Inglis, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing, ARM.
“By stepping up the collaboration among key stakeholders in the mobile market, we will be able to jointly deliver the devices and applications with the cutting-edge innovation consumers have come to expect.”
“The market for ultra mobile devices is expected to grow at over a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) through the next decade driven by new communications standards, content rich data provided over the Internet, new usage models, and new business models,” commented Jim McGregor, research director of the Enabling Technologies, In-Stat.
“A critical component of success in this market will be building on industry standards that promote innovation in silicon, systems, and most importantly, software solutions. Through open standards and growing
industry support, Linux naturally promotes such innovation.”
ARM will demonstrate multiple partners’ reference boards running the Linux Mobile Computing Platform in the Mobile Computing Pavilion at the ARM Developers’ Conference.
ARM and its partners plan to release a full platform in early 2008 and bring devices to the market in early 2009.