LONDON Nokia is in negotiations with Taiwanese notebook makers and EMS companies about its proposals to enter the netbook or small laptop market, according to sources cited by DigiTimes .
The un-named sources suggested Compal Electronics and Foxconn Electronics are two of the likeliest choices, but both companies declined to comment. Nokia is said to favor a joint design manufacture strategy for its netbook products, the reports suggest.
Earlier this week, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, the mobile phone maker's CEO, said in an interview with the Finnish national broadcaster YLE that the company was "looking very actively at this opportunity."
The industry has speculated about Nokia's possible plan to enter the PC industry since late last year, but Kallasvuo's comment was the first official admission of such plans.
"We don't have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a cellphone and what we know as a PC are in many ways converging," Kallasvuo said.
Nokia is rumored to be developing computers based on ARM's processor architecture for netbooks and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) not the traditional PC processor, based on the Intel x86 architecture and the company is reportedly looking at a 2011 launch.
The devices would run on an operating system from Symbian.
Earlier this month, Warren East, president and CEO of ARM, told analysts that his company's collaborative work with software vendors to port specific applications to ARM's processor cores was yielding results in both mobile internet devices and in PCs.
"[There are] interesting hybrid products where PCs are adopting our technology alongside Intel technology for functions such as the Internet and for email, because that gives you a much longer battery life as a user," said East. East gave the Dell Latitude ON E4200 laptop computer as an example of the Intel-ARM hybrid twin-processor approach.
Nokia's confirmation on its small computer plans comes just one week after the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain, where several traditional laptop markers entered the smartphone market. Acer announced plans for its line of smartphone devices alongside handset news from Hewlett Packard, Toshiba and Lenovo.
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