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Intel and Symbian to Deliver Data-enabled Mobile Phone Platform; Symbian OS and Intel XScale Technology Optimization Will Offer Extended Capabilities for Mobile Phones and Applications.

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SYMBIAN DEVELOPER EXPO, LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 2002

Intel Corporation and Symbian have completed the optimization of the latest version of Symbian's operating system for data-enabled cellular phones, Symbian OS version 7.0, to support Intel applications processors based on the Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology. Symbian and Intel plan to ship a board support package including the Symbian OS version 7.0 to help developers accelerate the process of designing next-generation cellular phones and applications utilizing these technologies.

Intel and Symbian worked together to optimize Symbian OS version 7.0 to provide rich multimedia and wireless capabilities for Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel (R) PCA), Intel's development blueprint for designing wireless handheld communication devices that combine voice communications and Internet access capabilities. Symbian has licensed its operating system to manufacturers representing more than 70 percent of the world's mobile phone industry. The board support package will help support new and existing Symbian OS licensees as well as software developers.

"We're pleased to see the continuing cooperation between Intel and Symbian and a shared vision of growing the wireless data market segment. The close relationship we have with Intel is allowing us to target new phone manufacturers with solutions that extend the capabilities of Symbian OS. Symbian sees optimization for Intel PCA solution as key to realizing the speed and performance benefits that these new mobile phones will deliver, with compelling multimedia services, to end users." said David Wood, Executive Vice President, Partnering Evangelism and Research, Symbian.

"The wireless industry is beginning a significant shift from simple voice-only phones to data-enabled smartphones that combine communications, wireless Internet access and computing functionality," said Tony Sica, Intel vice president, Wireless Communications and Computing Group, and group marketing director, Wireless Communications and Computing Group. "The latest Symbian OS optimized for Intel XScale technology is the result of close cooperation between our two companies and a shared vision to help bring data applications and services to mobile phones."

As part of their ongoing cooperation, Intel and Symbian will share key information to benefit participants of the Symbian Developer Network and members of the Intel PCA Developer Network. The companies participating in these networks are leaders in building applications and services for a global mass-market of advanced, programmable mobile phones on both the Symbian OS and Intel PCA. Their respective global ecosystems help provide system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers and independent software vendors with the hardware and software assistance they need to bring products to market more quickly.

In May, Intel will begin shipping the Intel DBPXA250 development system with the optimized Symbian OS board support package to mobile phone manufacturers and software developers building products using the Intel(R) PXA250 and Intel(R) PXA210 applications processors. The development systems will include a number of optimized development tools including a compiler and the Intel XScale microarchitecture XDB JTAG Debugger for Symbian OS. Intel will provide additional tools including the Intel(R) Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) and support for wireless technologies like GSM/GPRS, 802.11, and Bluetooth.

More information on how developers can start evaluating Symbian OS and its integrated Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processor support can be found at http://developer.intel.com and information on the Symbian Developer Network can be found at www.symbian.com/developer. Information about the Intel PCA Developer Network and the Intel DBPXA250 development system can be found at www.intel.com/pca.

About Symbian

Symbian supplies an operating system to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers enabling them to create mobile phones which combine voice communications, wireless Internet access and computing functionality. Ericsson, Nokia and Psion are already shipping Symbian OS devices. Other licensees of Symbian OS include Fujitsu, Kenwood, Motorola, Panasonic, Sanyo, Siemens and Sony. For more information on Symbian see www.symbian.com.

About Intel

Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

Symbian and Symbian OS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Symbian in the United States and/or other countries.

Intel and Intel XScale are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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