RIM Offers BlackBerry Reference Designs
Research In Motion Ltd. is planning to offer the reference designs for its BlackBerry pagers to other manufacturers.Research In Motion Ltd. is planning to offer the reference designs for its BlackBerry pagers to other manufacturers, the company announced Thursday. RIM, of Waterloo, Ontario, will provide both the software and hardware necessary to build wireless phones and other handheld devices based on embedded BlackBerry and Java technology, officials said. As part of the program, chip maker Analog Devices Inc. plans to provide licensees with an integrated processor, based on its SoftFone architecture, that supports both wireless communications and Java applications on a single chip. This processor is already in the BlackBerry 5810, a combination phone/text messaging device that RIM introduced in March, which runs on the GSM/GPRS wireless network.
The reference design "is the same guts as the 5810," said Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO of RIM. "Weve been in market with this with customers for a couple of months. The program is well under way and the customers are clearly identified."