SOURCE: Open Kernel Labs

March 23, 2010 06:01 ET

Open Kernel Labs Debuts Android "One Core" for Low-Cost Mass-Market Smartphones

Leverages New OKL4 Microvisor 4.0 to Deliver Virtualized Single-Core and Secure Devices Built on Open-Source Software

CHICAGO, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) -  Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), the leading global provider of embedded virtualization software for mobile phones and broadband Internet devices, today announced general availability of Android "One Core," a complete solution to help semiconductor suppliers, mobile equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and mobile network operators (MNOs) streamline development and delivery of low-cost, mass-market smartphones based on Google Android. Android "One Core" includes the newest generation OK Labs mobile virtualization, OKL4 Microvisor 4.0, which enables OEMs to significantly reduce bill-of-material (BOM) costs. By consolidating application, multimedia, and baseband radio processing onto a single CPU, OK Labs customers can bring a high-performance smartphone user experience to consumers at a featurephone price.

The OKL4 Microvisor 4.0 offers the wireless/mobile ecosystem a shorter and smoother path to deployment, with patent-pending performance enhancements, and a new framework for developing and optimizing device drivers and abstracting hardware variations among Android-based handsets and other wireless devices. The OKL4 Microvisor 4.0 also offers superior security to support mobile payments, and to provide secure connectivity between mobile workers and business-critical enterprise assets in the data center and the Cloud. The OK Labs "One Core" solution for mass-market Android phones targets a wide range of mobile CPUs and SoCs from ST-Ericsson, TI, Qualcomm, and others. It supports both low-cost single-core and advanced multicore mobile processors, helping OEMs deliver cost-effective multi-OS devices today and providing a direct path for deploying on advanced multicore hardware in next-generation designs.

"OEMs and MNOs look to Android as a low-cost, interoperable, and increasingly ubiquitous open mobile applications platform," said Steve Subar, President and CEO, OK Labs. "Android 'One Core' combines our industry-leading OKL4 Microvisor and enhanced Android, enabling the mobile/wireless ecosystem to unlock the full potential of Android, offering performance, interoperability, and security in mass-market smartphones."

Demo at CTIA / MobileFocus in Las Vegas -- March 23-25
OK Labs will demonstrate the Android "One Core" solution at CTIA in Las Vegas (March 23-25). The demonstration highlights a customer-developed application -- "Mobile Virtualization: Security Delivered." OK Labs will also demo Mobile-to-Enterprise (M2E) virtualization, enabling smartphone access to the enterprise desktop on the "nirvana phone."
Demo: Mobile Virtualization: Security Delivered
Demo: "Nirvana Phone"

About Open Kernel Labs
OK Labs is the global leader in virtualization software for mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded systems. Backed by the largest independent team of microkernel developers, OKL4 is deployed on more than 500 million mobile phones worldwide. Device OEMs, semiconductor suppliers, and mobile network operators depend on OK Labs to deliver high performance solutions that decrease BOM cost, reduce complexity, and speed time-to-market.

First to Market, First to Volume -- 500 Million Units Deployed to Date
OKL4 is the world's most ubiquitous mobile virtualization solution, shipping in more than 500 million handsets from leading global manufacturers, and the first embedded virtualization platform with full multicore CPU support. You can find OKL4 on smartphones ranging from the HTC G1 and G2, and the HTC Hero, to the Motorola Droid and the Motorola Cliq, the Palm Pre, and the Toshiba TG01OK. OKL4 also powers the world's first commercially available, fully virtualized smartphone, the Motorola Evoke QA4. 

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