AMD, Opera team on embedded browsers

Embedded browsers allow devices other than PCs to access the internet: "Anything from mobile devices, almost mobile phones, to more advanced, bigger devices," said Opera's CEO Jon Tetzchner, "like, for instance, a device we have been working with Ericsson (Mobile Communications AB) on, which is a cordless telephone using a sizeable screen for internet browsing." Uses of the technology could extend, he said, to devices like Electrolux AB's prototype internet-connected refrigerator.

"We think the embedded browser market is really growing; we expect it to outnumber PC browsers in two to three years," he said, "and this deal puts us on track to be a major player in this market."

Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop products combining Opera's browser software with AMD's line of embedded 32-bit processors. No specific amount of capital has been committed to the project, said Tetzchner. "At this stage we're just talking a strategic partnership."

The products will be marketed to manufacturers who will install them in their consumer goods, he said. "I expect it will be some time before actual devices will come out; I would definitely expect something within the next year," Tetzchner said.

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