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Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, 2009/10/22 - White paper and demonstration illustrate reduction in BOM cost, benefits of mobile virtualisation for device OEMs, MNOs, and semiconductor suppliers.
Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), the leading global provider of embedded virtualisation software for mobile phones and broadband Internet devices, today announced publication of a landmark “teardown” white paper providing a peek inside the world’s first virtualised mobile phone and detailing the impact of mobile virtualisation on wireless devices.
The white paper comes from the pen of industry analyst Bill Weinberg, Principal of Linux Pundit and Mobile Practice Partner at the Olliance Group. Weinberg examines how developing and deploying devices with mobile virtualisation directly impacts the bottom line for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by reducing manufacturing costs. The publication also spells out incremental benefits of mobile virtualisation, including performance and power management, as paths to both cost reduction and differentiation in a dynamic marketplace.
The white paper is accompanied by a demonstration of mobile virtualisation, which highlights the hosting of multiple complementary “guest” operating systems (OSes) on a single low-end processor, combining applications and baseband processing. The hardware consolidation not only results in significant bill of material (BOM) savings, but also enables richer interaction among software components, in particular, between the Linux application OS and the BREW® environment for baseband and legacy application execution. The demo illustrates two applications running on separate OSes, working seamlessly together on a single low-cost processor, with no performance degradation.
“This groundbreaking white paper and the demonstration of Motorola’s innovative smartphone leave no doubt about the concrete benefits of mobile virtualisation,” said Steve Subar, President and CEO, OK Labs. “With mobile virtualisation, OEMs realise substantially reduced BOM costs and provably better margins. MNOs can buy and sell smartphones for featurephone prices. This alleviates the subsidy strain and enables them to extend the capabilities of rich OSes such as Android, Linux, and Symbian to a larger market, opening opportunities for MNOs to offer more wireless data and online services.”
“With mobile virtualisation, OEMs can save as much as $46 BOM cost per phone, which translates into better margins through channel and cost savings for MNOs and end users,” added Robert McCammon, Vice President of Product Management, OK Labs. “Moreover, such savings also expand the smartphone market, providing opportunities for data services growth and bolstering annual revenue per user (ARPUs).”
About Open Kernel Labs
OK Labs (ok-labs.com) is the global leader in open source virtualisation software for mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded systems. Backed by the largest independent team of microkernel developers, the OKL4 Microvisor is deployed on more than 300 million mobile phones worldwide. Semiconductor suppliers, handset OEMs, and mobile network operators depend on OK Labs to deliver high performance solutions that decrease BOM cost, reduce complexity, and speed time-to-market.
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