Renesas Joins Symbian Foundation to Further Innovate Mobile Chipsets for Symbian Platform

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Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) and Symbian Foundation Limited today announced that Renesas has joined the Symbian Foundation, bringing its advanced mobile chipset technologies and expertise to the Symbian ecosystem. The availability of Renesas chipsets that support the Symbian platform enables OEMs worldwide to create Symbiancompliant devices that fully meet the needs of network operators, accelerating the adoption of Symbian around the world.

Renesas has a proven record of providing mobile chipset platforms for NTT DOCOMO's FOMATM MOAPTM (S) Symbianbased smartphones. By becoming a member of the Symbian Foundation, Renesas has reaffirmed its commitment to working with the Symbian community to realize a truly exciting, unique multimedia user experience for mobile consumers.

Renesas has joined the Symbian Foundation to proactively participate within the open source ecosystem and to drive innovation centred on the combination of Renesas' nextgeneration multicore CPU technology and cuttingedge multimedia and graphics capabilities provided by the Symbian platform. Renesas also intends to contribute to the development of the Symbian Hardware Abstraction Interface (SHAI), which will make hardware adaptation easier than ever before.

"Symbian is thrilled to welcome Renesas Electronics Corporation as a member of the Symbian community," said Larry Berkin, Head of Global Alliances at Symbian. "We value greatly Renesas' vast industry and technology expertise as a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions and are certain that their active contribution, not only to the platform but also to the community, will further enrich the Symbian user experience of the future with fantastic multimedia and graphics capabilities."

"Calling on years of experience in providing mobile chipset platforms for NTT DOCOMO's FOMA MOAP(S) Symbianbased smartphones, Renesas is well placed to work with Symbian to enable a compelling multimediafocused user experience on new mobile devices to come," said Hideaki Chaki, Senior Vice President and Vice President of 2nd SoC Business Unit of Renesas Electronics Corporation. "We believe that Symbian's global reach will allow us to further expand our mobile platform business into the smartphone market outside Japan."

About Symbian Foundation Limited

Symbian is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to driving innovation in the mobile space. The company manages the open source Symbian platform, which has shipped in over 360 million smartphones around the world todate. Symbian's mission is to foster collaboration, contribution and ongoing participation among the industry to develop the best mobile experience possible for consumers.

The company has offices worldwide to build and maintain close relationships with players throughout the global market. Symbian's board of directors includes AT&T Mobility LLC, Fujitsu Limited, Nokia Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, INC., Qualcomm Innovation Center, Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, ST Microelectronics NV, Texas Instruments Inc., and Vodafone Group Services Ltd. For more information please visit and
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