AMD Joins MeeGo Open-Source Platform For Mobile Devices

AMD made its announcement at the 2010 MeeGo Conference in Dublin, Ireland. "MeeGo represents an exciting, open-source mobile operating system we expect to be adopted by mobile and embedded device makers over time," Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president for software development at AMD, said in a statement.

Intel and Nokia founded MeeGo in February by merging their software platforms in order to create an open ecosystem that supports a broad range of hardware. The companies said at the time that they expected a number of manufacturers, network operators, developers and semiconductor companies to join the platform.

The MeeGo project is hosted by The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium aimed at promoting the adoption for Linux-based platforms. As a gold-level member, AMD has a seat on the foundation' board of directors.

Joining the Linux-based platform will help AMD drive its plans for embedded devices and expand opportunities in the market for AMD's Fusion Accelerated Processing Units, which began shipping last week, Bar-Haim said in a statement.

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AMD announcedthat the first Zacate Fusion chip had shipped during the company's annual financial analyst day last week. Speaking to analysts, the company emphasized acquiring more market share with its APU strategy and the expansion of its efforts in mobile computing.

"The market doesn't care about head-to-head performance," AMD General Manager Rick Bergman said at the event. "It cares about who can offer the best experience."

APUs, which combine GPU and CPU technology on a single die, are set to appear inside a number of mobile devices scheduled to reach the market next year. Intel is also developing an integrated graphics solution for embedded devices, codenamed Oak Trail, that's expected to arrive next year.

Zacate and Ontario, two of the relatively lightweight Fusion APUs designed for embedded devices, will be generally available in the first quarter of 2011. AMD said it will also introduce a number of APU platforms, including Brazos and Bulldozer, sometime next year.