AMD licenses graphics technology for mobile devices

AMD licenses graphics technology for mobile devices

AMD plans to license its mobile graphics technology to other companies, including STMicroelectronics

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Tuesday made its graphics technology available for licensing by handheld device makers, and announced plans to step up its development of graphics technology for mobile applications.

AMD hopes the move will allow it to tap growing demand for mobile devices and mobile applications that require better graphics.

Among the first to license AMD's mobile graphics technology is STMicroelectronics. The company has licensed graphics cores for 2-D and 3-D graphics, as well as related software, to combine with its family of Nomadik multimedia application processors, AMD said. The Nomadik chips are designed for use in 3G (third-generation) mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants).

AMD has its own line of mobile graphics, which it acquired when it bought ATI Technologies. Called Imageon, the chips can be found in a wide range of handsets, including Motorola's PEBL, RAZR and ROKR handsets, as well as phones from Samsung Electronics and others.

Financial terms of the licensing deal with STMicroelectronics were not disclosed.

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