Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), a global provider of systems software and virtualization technology for mobile devices and other embedded systems, announced that the company’s OKL4 embedded hypervisor is employed on the Qualcomm chipset inside the market’s first-ever commercial Android-powered handset. Manufactured by HTC Corp., the Dream phone or G1 introduced by T-Mobile in September 2008 is the first handset powered by the Android software platform developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. At the heart of the G1 is the Qualcomm MSM7201A, a dual-core ARM family device with hardware-accelerated multimedia, 3D graphics and integrated multi-mode 3G baseband processing.
Android is likely to attract significant attention from third-party developers as a competing platform for reaching a large number of mobile phone users. The combination of open source software, third-party applications, and internet connectivity represented by Android is indicative of next-generation mobile phone deployment environments in which the reliability and security benefits provided by microkernel-based OKL4 are essential.
OK Labs’ award-winning OKL4 open source embedded hypervisor helps developers deliver increasingly complex software for mobile devices — in less time and with less effort — without compromising the reliability and security of those devices. Focusing on the specific requirements of mobile phones, using proven high-performance microkernel technology, and building on an open source code base uniquely position OKL4 as the optimal software architecture for next generation mobile devices.
“Collaborative open source development and business models are central to supporting the rapidly-evolving mobile market,” said Steve Subar, CEO OK Labs. “Platforms like OKL4, Android, and other OSes with active, global communities are not just the wave of the future but a fundamental requirement for business today.”
OKL4 is available from OK Labs under open source and commercial licenses.
The Open Kernel Labs leading technology in embedded systems software and virtualization enables the development of safe, trustworthy and affordable devices. Backed by the largest, independent team of microkernel developers, OK Labs delivers OKL4, an embedded hypervisor, which offers the highest performance combined with strong protection and security features. OKL4 provides developers with a robust, open source platform for building secure, differentiated embedded applications. OK Labs is a spin out from NICTA, Australia’s preeminent Center of Excellence for information and communications technology, nicta.com.au
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