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So What Are Intel and Nokia Up to Now?

Intel (News - Alert) and Nokia have announced a joint press conference at the Mobile World Congress show on Monday morning. PCMag says it’s slated to be about their “partnership to help shape and drive the future of mobile computing.”

As the industry journal wonders, what could it be about? “Intel’ s Atom chips power Nokia’ (News - Alert) s Booklet 3G netbook, but Intel’ s chipsets have, by and large, been too hot and power-hungry for the mobile phones that fill most of Nokia’ s product line.”

Nilay Patel of Engadget writes that “We’re told that the two companies will update us on the ‘latest developments’ from their relatively new relationship… That could mean pretty much anything from a ho-hum Atom N450 refresh of the Booklet 3G to a fire-breathing Moorestown Maemo 5 phone.”

Last June, of course, the two firms announced “joining forces in an effort to reshape the boundaries of mobile computing,” according to an Ars Technica piece at the time:

“The two companies announced plans on Tuesday to collaborate on software and hardware through a new long-term strategic relationship… the news was revealed during a press conference that was conducted jointly by Intel ultra mobility group senior vice president Anand Chandrasekher (News - Alert) and Nokia executive vice president of devices Kai Oistamo.”

As far as that news went, “Intel and Nokia hope their third time is the charm. After two aborted attempts over the past few years to collaborate on wireless devices, the world’ s largest computer chipmaker and the No. 1 maker of mobile phones are at it again,” BusinessWeek noted. Maybe some couples should just stay broken up.

PCMag theorizes that it’s “possible” that Intel and Nokia are “working on some sort of tablet or handheld device using Intel’ s Moorestown chipset, which we saw in the LG GW990 phone at CES (News - Alert).”

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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