Nokia has signed a partnership deal with Intel, to accelerate the seemingly slow transition to 5G. The company made this announcement barely 24 hours after announcing a similar partnership with Marvell Technology (MRVL.O).
Nokia disclosed that it had struggled with the unexpectedly sluggish development of its Reefshark system on chips (SoC), an innovation which allows a single chip to carry an entire computer system, thus enabling Nokia to produce its equipment more cheaply. This drag has necessitated several partnerships for the company to achieve its goal.
“Nokia is working with multiple partners to support its ReefShark family of chipsets, which are used in many base station elements,” the Finnish firm said.
On the partnership with Marvell Technology, Nokia stated that Marvell’s industry-leading technology would make a success of the partnership.
“The two companies are developing a new generation of custom system on chip (SoC) and infrastructure processors combining Nokia’s differentiated wireless technology with Marvell’s industry-leading, multi-core ARM processor platforms.”
Intel Corporation is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley. It is the world’s largest and highest valued semiconductor chip manufacturer based on revenue and is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers (PCs). Intel supplies processors for computer system manufacturers such as Apple, Lenovo, HP, and Dell.
Nokia is a Finnish multinational corporation founded on the 12 May 1865 as a single paper mill operation. The company continued to expand throughout the 19th century, branching into several different products. By 1967, the Nokia Corporation was formed and in the late 20th century, the company branched into mobile technology, taking advantage of the increasing popularity of computers and mobile phones.
In 2011, Nokia entered a business partnership that had it adopting Windows Phone as an operating system on its smartphones. In 2014, Nokia’s mobile phone business was sold to Microsoft.