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Microsoft and Intel Unveil Windows Powered Smartphone Concept

Today at 3GSM World Congress 2003, Microsoft Corp. and Intel announced the immediate availability of the first Microsoft and Intel Windows® Powered Smartphone concept design based on the Intel® Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA). The joint hardware-software concept design allows manufacturers to expedite development and reduce the cost of bringing advanced, data-enabled handsets to market.

Wistron Corp., a leading supplier of information and communication technology products, is the first to take advantage of this concept design. The company’s device will be available later this year.

By taking advantage of this template for building Windows Powered Smartphones powered by Intel XScale technology, device manufacturers now can utilize the collective research and development resources of Microsoft and Intel, and focus their resources solely on features that improve the end-user experience and distinguish their products in the marketplace.

“Today’s introduction of the Microsoft and Intel concept design is a giant leap forward for the mobile handset ecosystem,” said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president of the Mobile Devices Marketing Group at Microsoft. “We’re thrilled to work with Intel to jointly deliver on the vision of informing, connecting and entertaining customers on Microsoft’s Windows Powered Smartphone anytime, anywhere.”

“Today’s introduction is a milestone for the cellular wireless industry,” said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of the Wireless Communications and Computing Group at Intel. “Now, with the Intel and Microsoft design, manufacturers and mobile operators around the world have access to ready-made, powerful ingredients based on Intel PCA that allow them to deliver a diverse range of innovative smart devices at a low cost.”

The Microsoft and Intel concept design combines Microsoft’s powerful Windows Powered Smartphone software with the innovative stacked memory and microprocessor design of the Intel PXA262 processor to enable a 176×220-pixel color screen, an integrated camera and up to five hours of talk time. Phones based on this design can be used to easily surf the Web, play media files and seamlessly integrate with Outlook® and other PC applications.

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