WATERLOO, Ont. – Research In Motion (RIM) and Intel Corp. have announced an extensive technology collaboration in which RIM will use Intel communications technology in future BlackBerry devices.
RIM is adopting the Intel XScale architecture and will utilize the Intel PXA9xx cellular processor, codenamed ‘Hermon,’ for its next-generation BlackBerry devices that will run on high-speed EDGE (enhanced data rates for global evolution) networks.
Also, RIM and Intel will continue to drive new wireless technologies and handset features, while working to support and expand BlackBerry applications and services.
"Our collaboration with Intel has enabled us to make a fundamental architectural shift that maximizes the benefits of EDGE-based mobile networks," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of RIM. "We chose the Intel PXA9xx cellular processor because it provides us with the increased processing horsepower we need for future wireless applications, without compromising battery life requirements. The combination of Intel’s XScale technology with RIM’s wireless firmware and BlackBerry applications is groundbreaking. Working with Intel, we will continue to build on the strong BlackBerry value proposition of delivering mobile business applications with a compelling user experience."
"RIM has consistently demonstrated incredible innovation, not only in product design, but also in creating entirely new market segments for mobile devices," said Sean Maloney, executive vice-president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group.