Phillips (http://www.symbian.com/partners/philips.html?p=1) have signed up to Symbian's Platinum Partner Program (http://www.symbian.com/news/2004/pr040513.html). That doesn't mean we'll see Phillips powered Symbian phones, as they'll be concentrating on systems and IC solutions. In the future, other manufacturers can choose the Phillips 'base' for their mobile phones. They're not the first to offer this (Texas Instruments OMAP (http://www.symbian.com/partners/ti.html?p=1) for example), but more choice and diversity is good.
Thanks to Infosync (http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4940.html) for the heads up.
Philips strengthens comprehensive multimedia portfolio with Symbian partnership
Integrated hardware/software solution responds to rapidly growing smartphone market
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program. With Philips joining the program, mobile phone manufacturers can benefit from seamlessly integrated multimedia applications for their smartphone offerings. As a result, mobile phone manufacturers can bring complete and easily upgradeable mobile multimedia solutions to market rapidly.
Joining the Symbian Platinum Program is part of Philips' commitment to mobile multimedia. Philips delivers hardware and software products that improve quality while the limiting power consumption and extending the battery life of mobile phones. Its offerings include solutions that support mobile multimedia features such as audio, video, imaging, and connectivity applications; color (touch) screens; built-in cameras; organizer functions; and Internet access.
"By working closely with smartphone OS market leader Symbian, we will be able to provide our customers with integrated, sophisticated Nexperia™ Mobile solutions for the smartphone market," said Mario Rivas, executive vice president, Business Unit Mobile Communications, Philips Semiconductors. "As a leading provider of multimedia processors for mobile phones, this agreement will enable Philips to further realise its vision of the Connected Consumer."
Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global industry standard operating system for smartphones, to the world's leading handset manufacturers, which account for more than 85 percent of annual mobile phone sales worldwide, according to Gartner's report from December 2003: 'Mobile Terminal Market Shares: Worldwide, 3Q03'.
"The smartphone business is rapidly growing and Symbian OS is at the heart of it," commented Ian Weston, vice-president, partner support, Symbian. "Philips' expertise in media processing and connectivity will bring added value and further technology developments to the Symbian OS ecosystem."
Philips Nexperia solutions provide a portfolio of re-programmable and ready-to-integrate system and IC solutions for mobile-based multimedia applications. These offer customers flexibility through extensive software IP libraries, which allow software upgrades to future-proof product designs and to provide a fast, low-risk and cost-effective route to market. Built on proven know-how in SoC design, Nexperia Mobile combines quality and high- performance, thanks to Philips' expertise in media processing and connectivity including USB On-The-Go (OTG) and Bluetooth.
About the Symbian Platinum Program
The Symbian Platinum Program includes companies that have a technology or strategic position that is key to the success of mobile computing technology surrounding Symbian OS. As part of the program, Platinum Partners benefit from a range of commercial services, including technical support and joint marketing opportunities, as well as privileged access to Symbian OS source code and a dedicated Partner Support team.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patients monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges.
About Symbian Limited
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have manufactured and announced Symbian OS-based mobile phones: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and ten million were sold overall to date. Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.