PalmSource and SyChip today announced SyChip’s entry into the Palm OS Ready Program, delivering integrated Wi-Fi connectivity solutions to Palm OS licensees.
In joining the Palm OS Ready Program (POSR), SyChip’s Wi-Fi wireless connectivity solutions will be certified to be Palm OS platform compatible. Certified POSR solutions can free up valuable development time for Palm OS licensees, offering faster time-to-market for new and unique smart mobile devices. The SyChip embedded chip scale module offers licensees the ability to quickly integrate Wi-Fi connectivity in their new mobile device designs, allowing system architects to concentrate on creating differentiated products without the need to dedicate engineering efforts to develop Wi-Fi connectivity.
“By joining the Palm OS Ready Program, SyChip is solidifying its position as a wireless solutions provider for Palm OS licensees,” said Moses Asom, co-founder and senior vice president of marketing and business development at SyChip. “With the availability of Palm OS WLAN modules, SyChip is giving Palm OS licensees greater flexibility for integrating Wi-Fi connectivity into their new and existing device designs.” SyChip joins existing Palm OS Ready partners ATI, Intel, M-Systems, Motorola, NVIDIA, Samsung Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.
According to its January 30, 2004 Wireless LAN Semiconductor report, Gartner Dataquest estimates that by 2006, 60 percent of PDAs and five percent of cellular handsets will include built-in wireless LAN connections. “The growing presence of wireless LAN access points and hotspots is creating a demand for smart mobile devices with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity,” said Joseph Byrne, principal analyst at Gartner. “Cost-effective, small-footprint radios minimize the time and effort required by manufacturers of smart mobile devices to add WLAN capability.”
“SyChip is making it easier for Palm OS licensees to deliver Wi-Fi connectivity in their next-generation smart mobile devices, reducing time to market and leveraging SyChip’s expertise in the development of products based on the evolving 802.11 standards,” said Charlie Tritschler, vice president of product marketing for PalmSource. “By partnering with industry-leading vendors, we believe PalmSource is streamlining the design and development process allowing new and innovative devices to come to market in the shortest possible timeframe.”