ST-Ericsson “focusing strongly” on WP7 production

Chip producer ST-Ericsson (not to be confused with Sony Ericsson, though both are partially owned subsidiaries of the Swedish telecommunications corp Ericsson) are, according to Reuters, ramping up production of hardware for WP7 devices in anticipation of large volumes of Nokia WP7 handsets.

ST-Ericsson are an important supplier of chips to Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. While WP7 has so far only been running on Qualcomm chipsets, ST-Ericsson’s CEO Gilles Delfassy says that the Nokia alliance has opened WP7 to his company’s hardware:

“We expect this situation will not prevail. Now everything has changed. The environment is different,” he told Reuters in an interview, adding the company had already increased its focus on the Windows Phone platform.
“We will be ready when Nokia ramps big volumes,” he said.

Microsoft confirmed it will open its mobile platform to other chipset suppliers beyond Qualcomm, with Greg Sullivan saying:

“Adding support to new hardware … is absolutely part of our strategy,”

via Slashgear; thanks to bijuishere for the tip.

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