Samsung Joins the Palm OS Ready Program
PalmSource today announced Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has joined the Palm OS Ready Program. Samsung brings expertise in wireless chip sets and memory technology to the program, which lowers development cost and shortens time-to-market for Palm OS licensees manufacturing ARM-based handhelds and smart phones.
Samsung joins an impressive list of Palm OS Ready Partners including ATI Technologies, Intel, MediaQ, Motorola and Texas Instruments. Joining the program certifies Samsung ARM chips compatibility with the Palm OS and allows them to make them available to other licensees.
"We are proud to welcome Samsung to our program. The caliber of industry luminaries in the Palm OS Ready Program strengthens the entire Palm Economy," said David Nagel, president and CEO for PalmSource. "The Palm OS Ready program is helping to bring ARM-based Palm Powered devices to market faster and more efficiently, enabling licensees to deliver products that provide a variety of enhanced multimedia, security, and wireless benefits."
Samsung's chip, the S3C2410, features an ARM920T CPU core and is the world's first System-on-Chip (SOC) to have a NAND flash boot loader. The S3C2410 also offers a set of tailored peripherals that are desirable for smart phones and portable handhelds. For example, the processor has SD/MMC and SDIO support, which enable mobile devices to support expandable storage capacity and SDIO protocol devices such as digital cameras through a single slot. The S3C2410 is now shipping in discrete form and a System-in-Package (SiP) solution has been announced-integrating 256Mb NAND Flash and 256Mb SDRAM with the S3C2410 in a single package for substantial board real estate and power savings.
Samsung's application processor and reference board have already passed Palm OS Ready certification; the final step silicon providers must take before their chips can be included in new Palm Powered devices. The certification process puts the chips and driver software layer through rigorous performance and compatibility testing. It facilitates the solution's high performance, ease-of-use and software compatibility standards the Palm OS platform has established in the industry.
"Samsung is known for delivering reliable, powerful and low-cost chip solutions and now they are tailored to meet the specifications of Palm OS," said Dr. Yun-Tae Lee, vice president of Samsung Electronics' Mobile Solution Project.
About the Palm OS Ready Program
By licensing components of the Palm OS platform to silicon providers, PalmSource is enabling them to provide more complete processor solutions to licensees of the Palm operating system. This program facilitates processor manufacturers by allowing them to create a Device Abstraction Layer (DAL) between their chip and the OS. This saves licensees development time, freeing them to focus technical resources on innovative differentiation based on their own areas of expertise. Users of Palm Powered devices benefit by having more innovative mobile products to choose from, available in the market sooner. The Palm OS Ready program was launched in July 2001.
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