Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), the leading provider of embedded virtualisation software for mobile phones and broadband Internet devices, today announced that its market-leading embedded virtualisation solution, the OKL4 Microvisor, has been included in the VisionMobile 100 Million Club. Updated semi-annually, the 100 Million Club celebrates software suppliers that have established significant share in the mobile handset market through deployment inside 100 million or more handsets.
By June of 2009, OKL4 had expanded its presence into more than 300 million devices, and has recently surpassed deployment in 500 million devices. OKL4 is now featured in must-have products such as the HTC G1 and G2, the HTC Hero, the Motorola Cliq, the Palm Pre and the Toshiba TG01, as well as other popular handsets. Moreover, the OKL4 Microvisor powered the world’s first commercially-available fully-virtualised smartphone, the Motorola Evoke QA4. OK Labs mobile virtualisation solution helped Motorola cut BOM costs by $46 per unit, by enabling it to run two different OSes side-by-side, working together seamlessly, all on a low-cost single ARM processor, with no performance degradation.
OK Labs also extended its reach across the mobile/wireless ecosystem with the addition of ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors. After extensive evaluation, ST-Ericsson selected OK Labs as its virtualisation partner, enabling OKL4 access to an even greater portion of the global mobile marketplace. The partnership with ST-Ericsson complements the large and growing fleet of OKL4-enabled CDMA devices with TD-SCDMA, HSDPA and other 3.5G and emerging 4G wireless technologies.
“Out of 250-300 companies licensing mobile software — and the thousands of third party software houses — OK Labs is one of the few to have had its products deployed on more than 100 million mobile handsets,” notes VisionMobile Research Director Andreas Constantinou. “Only 30 products have managed to make it past the 100 million mark, making this a major achievement.”
“Since our first inclusion in the VisionMobile 100 Million Club one year ago, OK Labs has also partnered with Citrix Systems Inc., a leading provider of virtualisation, networking and software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies (NASDAQ: CTXS), to provide solutions for delivering enterprise applications to mobile devices,” said Steve Subar, President and CEO, OK Labs. “Already the standard, OK Labs mobile virtualisation solution will soon enable the entire mobile ecosystem, running software platforms and applications to meet both corporate and personal needs in a single converged, virtualised device.”
VisionMobile’s 100 Million Club
VisionMobile is the analyst firm behind the watchlist of all software products that have been embedded on more than 100 million devices. These products range from text and graphical input engines to application environments and browsers. The 1H09 update to the 100 Million Club includes products from Adobe, Qualcomm, Nokia, ENEA, Red Bend, Myriad Group, NXP, Mentor Graphics, Nuance and WebKit.
The OKL4 Microvisor helps semiconductor suppliers, device OEMs, and mobile network operators meet next-generation requirements for high-performance multimedia and energy efficiency in handsets and other intelligent devices. The OK Labs mobile virtualisation solution also offers strong subsystem isolation, enhancing security, reliability, and performance. The OKL4 Microvisor supports key open mobile OSes, including Symbian, Android, and other Linux platforms.
About Open Kernel Labs
OK Labs (ok-labs.com) is the global leader in virtualisation software for mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded systems. Backed by the largest independent team of microkernel developers, the OKL4 Microvisor is deployed on more than 500 million mobile phones worldwide. Semiconductor suppliers, handset OEMs, and mobile network operators depend on OK Labs to deliver high performance solutions that decrease BOM cost, reduce complexity, and speed time-to-market.
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