WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.
Nokia has been announcing pretty much anticipated its 2012 new smartphones , running in Windows Phone (8) .
At least some of the devices will be powered by silicon from ST-Ericsson, said Carlo Bozotti, the Chief Executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics.
It now appears that ST-Ericsson, a joint venture between Geneva-based STMicroelectronics and Swedish telecom equipment and services supplier Ericsson, has been admitted to the Windows Phone ecosystem.
In an interview at STMicroelectronics’ annual Analyst Day, Bozotti told Forbes that ST-Ericsson will be one of two chip suppliers for Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phones.
The partnership grew out of the companies’ familiarity, added Bozotti, who sits on ST-Ericsson’s Board of Directors as Vice Chairman. ST’s former wireless business (ST-NXP Wireless) was a key chip supplier to Nokia before it was folded into ST-Ericsson in 2009.
The first ST-Ericsson chipset that will appear in a Nokia Windows Phone is the U8500, a sophisticated dual-core system-on-a-chip that has been favorably compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line because it offers multiple wireless technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a fast, built-in HSPA+ modem in a compact format. Later Nokia Windows Phones – the company is planning to release 12 Windows Phone devices over the course of 2012 – will run on future versions of the U8500, said Bozotti.