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Wipro ports Aqua framework to Renesas' SH-Mobile processors

Posted: 02 Dec 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Linux  aqua  wipro  Renesas  mobile 

Renesas Technology Corp. and Wipro Technologies have announced that they have succeeded in porting Wipro's Aqua—a Linux—based mobile phone reference framework—onto Renesas' SH-Mobile Series application processors for 2.5G and 3G mobile phones. This enables mobile phone manufacturers to utilise Linux solution for SH-Mobile, in addition to solutions for symbian OS and iTRON. Renesas Technology will propose Linux solution based on Aqua from January 2006.

Linux is an open source and general—purpose operating system including sophisticated multitasking and networking functionality. It is becoming widely adopted as an embedded OS in communication equipment such as network servers and network terminals. Many mobile phones incorporate real time operating systems (RTOS) due to features such as speed and modest memory utilization. However, it costs more to develop applications, thereby fuelling the adoption of Linux which has rich applications.

As Linux has a large—scale standard framework and was designed as a general—purpose OS for PCs, it has faced challenges to customize optimally for mobile phones. Also software specialized for mobile phone needs to be developed for Linux. Wipro Technologies has developed Aqua and ported it to SH-Mobile to solve these problems. Wipro is also offering system integration services, including Linux kernel and applications.

Renesas Technology and Wipro will continue to work together to provide Linux—users with mobile phone solutions as well as solutions for consumer products.

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