Linux OS to drive wireless handhelds

MontaVista, provider of Linux software products and services, argued Linux holds the future for handheld devices at the Intel Developer Forum yesterday.

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By  Kate Concannon Published  March 1, 2002

MontaVista, provider of Linux software products and services, presented developers with the promising future of Linux in the development of handheld devices at the Intel Developer Forum yesterday.

Anthony Jackson of MontaVista explained that the two market segments of mobile cellular units and PDAs are quickly approaching a nexus, where the two will meet in hybrid form and functionality.

With the anticipated proliferation of hybrid products, MontaVista is seeking to further educate industry about the merits of Linux in the development of wireless handhelds and the necessary considerations in adopting such a platform. And the arguments are persuasive: lower cost; high performance matched with lower power consumption; and reduced risk.

The cost benefit is engendered by lower development and deployment costs and reduced time to market. Other appealing characteristics are the robust, stability of Linux and its support for legacy code bases.

With the convergence of PDA and cellular technology, we are already starting to see this segment cross-over in high-end voice and data products.

While Jackson concedes that, beyond this meeting point, the two products may continue to evolve in separate directions, it seems far more likely that the hybrid product will survive, with strong leverage from strategic partnerships between companies in each field.

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