The Register writes about an alliance between Qualcomm and Microsoft for mobile multimedia:
Could Wintel morph, in the wireless world, into QualSoft?
Certainly, even a surface reading of the new agreements indicates that this is an important coupling, and that is without taking into account the likely extensions of this initial collaboration that will take place over the coming months and years.
Qualcomm will “share information” (and patents) about its CDMA and W-CDMA chipsets with Microsoft in order to support the rapid development of a Windows Mobile smartphone bases on these designs, with the first chipsets shipping in the second half of the year. The work will be centered on the Qualcomm Convergence Platform MSM 7xxx architecture.
This gives Microsoft a new chip partner for the Windows Mobile operating system and for its own smartphone architecture, which currently owes almost all its limited success to ODMS notably Taiwan’s HTC making PDA/cellphone hybrids based on Intel silicon (Texas Instruments does support Windows Mobile but this combination has not been actively promoted).
The Qualcomm alliance means Microsoft could target the CDMA sector, and also produce a 3G Windows smartphone for WCDMA. Also likely to be attractive for Windows Mobile, whose stronghold is the traditional territory of the enterprise PDA, is Qualcomms advanced work on integrated chipsets supporting 3G and Wi-Fi.