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Company to join Intel, Nokia on platform development

Chipmaker AMD has added its name to the ranks of the MeeGo smartphone operating system.

The company said that it would be offering assistance from its engineering operations to help build the platform.

"MeeGo represents an exciting, open-source mobile operating system we expect to be adopted by mobile and embedded device makers over time," said AMD corporate vice president of software developent Ben Bar-Haim.

"We are glad to provide engineering resources to joint industry efforts like MeeGo and expect that this operating system will help drive our embedded plans and create expanded market opportunities for our forthcoming Accelerated Processing Units."

Based on a combination of the Moblin and Maemo platforms, MeeGo is an attempt to offer a new Linux-based operating system into not only the smartphone market, but the closely-related tablet, netbook and handset fields as well.

Such a launch could provide new competition to the likes of Apple's iOS and the Google Android platform.

AMD's commitment adds a third big industry name to the MeeGo platform. The project had previously been spearheaded by Intel and Nokia. The Linux Foundation is currently hosting the project.

"Built from the ground up for a whole new class of mobile computing devices, MeeGo gives companies like AMD and its partners unlimited opportunities to accelerate innovation for the next generation of computing," said Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin.

"As an existing Linux Foundation member, AMD will be an important and valuable contributor to the MeeGo Project."

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First Intel and Nokia and AMD too? Sweet! I have a good feeling about this. With such big names behind it, it just might end up a new contender, who knows.

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Well it should, with names such as these, cant wait till they hammer google's stupid android out of market....

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