SAN FRANCISCO -- Marvell Technology's Weili Dai said she still believes in Research in Motion and its Blackberry smartphone -- so much so that she asserted that RIM will survive and thrive.
Dai, who herself uses a customized BlackBerry device, rallied behind her “dear RIM” and the engineering prowess that built the firm.
“Who invented the smartphone?” asked Dai, Mike Lazaridis, she replied, the executive behind the shift from cell phones to smartphones when he invented the first two-way messaging pager back in 1996. The RIM 950 Wireless Handheld, later known as the BlackBerry, debuted in 1998, and is seen as the start of the “smart connected” ecosystem, Dai said.
“Now we have smart devices in all form factors,” added Dai.
Despite RIM’s recent troubles, Dai said it would be foolish to disregard how deep RIM’s expertise runs in terms of enterprise software security. “It has required years of investment and proven technology,” she said, noting that it was not simply a factor of writing “a few thousand lines of code.”
Dai maintained that RIM remains the “real deal” when it comes to business applications. “RIM is in recovery,” said Dai, claiming she was hopeful that BlackBerry 10 would mark a turning point for the struggling smartphone company. Dai said the new operating system would finally address consumer concerns over ease of use, saying it was a “first step” toward more greater user friendliness.
“RIM will continue to enhance and improve,” she said, basing her faith on the “very solid” and “proven” enterprise security that has now been around for almost two decades.
“You just can’t underestimate that,” Dai said.
Dai comments come in response to lackluster reviews of Marvell's financial performance in recent months. Analysts questioned Marvell's outlook given its heavy reliance on design wins in struggling RIM smartphones.
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