Chip designer ARM is opening the online Solution Center for Android to help designers and developers more easily build ARM-based devices running the Android operating system and software stack. ARM officials say OEMs are developing for Android-most recently, Dell, Acer and Motorola have announced new smartphones running the OS-but they also are looking for solutions that will help them in their work. The Solution Center for Android will offer various developer tools, software components and turnkey solutions.
which designs the processors used in
many of the world's handheld devices and other consumer electronics, is now
opening a resource center for designers and developers building ARM-powered
products that run on the Android operating system.
ARM on Nov. 17 announced its Solution
Center for Android, an online
resource that offers everything from developer guides, tools and software
components to videos, blogs and demos, in an effort to help designers build
products for the open-source OS.
"We're trying to be a great resource for people looking to develop
devices," said James Bruce, wireless segment manager for ARM.
"This is a hub to highlight resources."
designs the chips
that can be found in most handheld connected devices,
such as Apple's iPhone, Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm and the Droid
Most recently, Android was used to run the Droid and Acer's
Liquid smartphone. It was initially written for the ARM
architecture, Bruce said.
In addition, Dell in November announced it is planning to roll out an
Android-based smartphone, the
to initially be sold in China
before the end of 2009.
Android can also be found in such devices as digital picture frames and the
burgeoning netbook segment.
Android 2.0 was launched on ARM's Cortex-A
processor designs, according to ARM
The introduction of Android was a turning point for designers and
developers, Bruce said. In the past, OEMs could either build their own software
stacks on top of an operating system or buy an off-the-shelf software stack,
such as Microsoft's Windows Mobile or Symbian. Now, OEMs only have to go to
Google and download an entire software stack, he said.
The challenge now is getting the necessary help and tools to take advantage
of Android. That's where the Solution
Center for Android comes in.
Currently, more than 35 members of the ARM
Connected Community have joined the company's initiative. Members include
America Megatrends, Incube Solutions, iWave Systems, LSF Design, Mistral
Solutions, Texas Instruments, VirtualLogix and Wipro Technologies. ARM
silicon partners that are contributing include Nvidia, Broadcom and Qualcomm.
ARM also is offering low-cost development
boards, including the $150 Beagle Board with Cortex-A8.
The Solution Center
for Android can be found here.