Symbian OS licensees to benefit from Sasken's multimedia and wireless expertise
Bangalore, India - 24 September, 2002 - Sasken Communication Technologies Limited, a leading wireless terminal solutions developer and Symbian, the leading provider of operating systems for smartphones today announced a partnership to address the next generation mobile phone and wireless applications markets. As an official Platinum Partner of Symbian, Sasken's wireless terminal solutions will be ported to Symbian OS, and made available for licensing to mobile phone manufacturers. Sasken will also offer development and system integration services to Symbian OS licensees.
"We are delighted to welcome Sasken to the Symbian Platinum Partner community," said Gilles Allain, Vice President, Partnerships & Alliances, Symbian Ltd. "This will enable Symbian OS licensees to have access to Sasken's expertise in wireless protocol stacks and multimedia engineering capabilities."
"Sasken is in a unique position to support Symbian licensees because of its extensive expertise in multimedia codecs and applications and wireless communication software. Symbian is a leader in the smartphone and next generation handset operating system market, and hence a partnership with Symbian will certainly help us serve a larger set of customers. We will work closely with Symbian OS licensees who wish to come out with next generation handsets and PDAs enriching their products with our wireless multimedia solutions." said Mr. Pranabh Mody, Head of Terminal Devices Business Unit, Sasken.
Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers such as Motorola, Nokia, Siemens and SonyEricsson. Sasken will bring in its expertise in the field of wireless and multimedia technologies, including wireless protocol stacks such as GSM / GPRS and UMTS, multimedia codecs and applications such as MMS client and 3G 324M videophone. Sasken is a TI-certified independent OMAP Technology Center and Symbian OS licensees can leverage its OMAP expertise and optimization capabilities.
Sasken will port its products to mobile phones running Symbian OS and showcase the same for prospective licensees of Symbian OS, thereby providing time-to-market advantage by using readily available technology and application components. In addition to this, Sasken will provide porting, integration, testing and other developmental support services to Symbian OS licensees to enable them to launch Symbian OS phones in reduced timeframes.
About Symbian Platinum Program
Symbian Platinum Program members benefit from a range of Symbian products and services allowing them to design highly integrated hardware and software solutions for Symbian OS. The commercial services available to Symbian Platinum Partners include technical support and joint marketing opportunities. Symbian Platinum Partners may also get early access to the Symbian OS Development Kit™, which incorporates source code, test code, internal documentation, kernel and device driver programming interfaces and ROM building tools.
For more information see www.symbian.com/partners/part-platnm.html
Symbian is a software licensing company, owned by wireless industry leaders, that is the trusted supplier of the advanced, open, standard operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian's mission is to create a mass-market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling our licensees to build winning products. Open Symbian OS phones announced by licensees include the Nokia 9200 Communicator series, the Nokia 7650 and 3650 imaging phones and the Sony Ericsson P800 smartphone. Symbian's website can be found at www.symbian.com.