NEC, Panasonic to tie on 3G phone chips, software

NEC and Panasonic have agreed to work together on development of cell phones and with Texas Instruments on a common core hardware platform for future handsets.

NEC and Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic) have agreed to work together on basic development of mobile telephone handsets, and with Texas Instruments on a common core hardware platform for future handsets.

The deals represent an expansion of an existing relationship between the two companies. NEC and Panasonic have been collaborating on Linux-based cell phones for NTT DoCoMo's 3G service since 2001.

News of a closer tie doesn't come as a surprise. Reports of the platform deal with Texas Instruments were carried in the Japanese media several months ago and the software agreement was reported earlier last week. After both reports NEC and Panasonic acknowledged that talks were underway and hinted at a coming announcement.

The software tie will see NEC and Panasonic establish a joint venture in October that will work on establishing a common hardware and software platform. This will include design of a common application processor and other chips, common sourcing and design of key components for mobile phones and joint development of handsets based on them.

Both companies will take the jointly-developed handset and add their own technology and features to differentiate the phones that will then be sold under their respective brand names.

The chips tie-up with Texas Instruments will dovetail with the above work and consist of development, design and licensing of a core hardware and software platform for 3G handsets.

A new company, Adcore-Tech, will be established in August to carry out the collaborative work. NEC and NEC Electronics will hold a combined 44 per cent share, Panasonic and Panasonic Mobile Communications will also have a combined 44 per cent share and Texas Instruments will own the remaining 12 percent.

The first phones based on the new handset platform are expected to be available in late 2007.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?