ST-Ericsson spills beans on Nokia’s “Windows Phone 8” roadmap–dual core chips and 12 devices in 2012

ST-Ericsson CEO Carlo Bozotti told Forbes at STMicroelectronics’ annual Analyst Day that ST-Ericsson will be one of two chip suppliers for Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phones and will be “an important supplier” for Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 phones.

The first ST-Ericsson chipset that will appear in a Nokia Windows Phone is the U8500, a sophisticated dual-core system-on-a-chip that can also be found in the new Samsung Infuse 4G smartphone on AT&T and the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.

He went on to say that Nokia will be releasing 12 Windows Phones in 2012 which will run on future versions of the U8500. The phrasing suggests that the “Windows Phone 8” and the first Nokia handset will be released in 2011.

So far all Windows Phone 7 handsets have run on Qualcomm’s chipsets.

The U8500 chipset consists of ARM dual Cortex™- A9 processor and ARM® Mali™ 400 GPU and NEON®CPU and features:

  • Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported
    (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
  • High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to WXGA
  • Simultaneous dual display support up to dual XGA
  • High performance 3D graphics
  • Dual camera support with Integrated ISP 20 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM enabled platform
  • Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
  • Support for multiple operating systems
  • Optional support for mobile TV standards