We know Qualcomm is currently the only chipset provider for Windows Phone, having invest a lot of time and money to port over their hardware. In fact, even their next gen processors are geared up for Windows Phone 7.5 devices, coming this fall. Still, that's not stopping some companies, including ST-Ericsson from attempting to break that monopoly.
Specifically, in an interview with Forbes, Carlo Bozotti, the Chief Executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics spilled the beans on a couple of interesting tidbits:
- ST-Ericsson will be one of two chip suppliers for Nokia Windows Phone (the other is Qualcomm)
- Nokia is planning on having 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012
- The first ST-Ericsson chipset to be used will be 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."
- Later versions of the U8500 will be used in Nokia's 2012 phones
- ST-Ericsson continues to have “very close relations” with Nokia
All of this sounds good to our ears. While Qualcomm's chipsets have been performing quite well as of late, we're all keen on trying some new hardware with a new engine underneath. Granted, our reviews will become a little more complicated (speed and versus tests, no doubt), but we think this is good for the platform and innovation.