AMD said yesterday that they are signing up to the open source MeeGo Linux project and that they are going to contribute ‘engineering resources’ to ensure that their forthcoming APUs operate under the OS.
AMD have made this announcement at the MeeGo conference in Dublin, Ireland.
Their main rival, Intel helped to develop the open source OS with Nokia. The Intel-Nokia MeeGo project was due to merge the efforts of the Intel Moblin mobile operating system with the Nokia formed Maemo operating system.
To this point MeeGo has been focused on the mobile market place, probably set to replace Symbian at a later date. LG announced their GW990 as the first MeeGo phone. MeeGo has also been announced for netbooks in June and the code was released in July. Nokia said recently that their first MeeGo device will be shipping in 2011.
AMD’s interest in this project surely revolves around their Fusion processors – Accelerated processing units which combine both GPU and CPU functionality inside the same chip.
Ben Bar Haim, corporate vice president for AMD has said “MeeGo represents an exciting, open-source mobile operating system we expect to be adopted by mobile and embedded device makers over time. We are glad to provide engineering resources to joint industry efforts like MeeGo and expect that this operating system will help drive our embedded plans and create expanded market opportunities for our forthcoming Accelerated Processing Units.”
KitGuru says: MeeGo is a gold level member at the Linux Foundation, the hosts of Meego and they have a seat on the board of directors.