Open Kernel Labs Publishes Must-Read White Paper On Mobile Virtualization

Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), global provider of embedded virtualization software for mobile phones and broadband Internet devices, today announced publication of a “teardown” white paper providing a peek inside the world’s first virtualized mobile phone and detailing the impact of mobile virtualization on wireless devices.

The white paper will be released during ARM techcon3, where OK Labs will also demonstrate the company’s OKL4 mobile virtualization technology powering the Motorola Evoke QA4 smartphone.

The white paper comes from the pen of industry analyst Bill Weinberg, Principal of Linux Pundit and Mobile Practice Partner at the Olliance Group. Weinberg examines how developing and deploying devices with mobile virtualization directly impacts the bottom line for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by reducing manufacturing costs. The publication also spells out incremental benefits of mobile virtualization, including performance and power management, as paths to both cost reduction and differentiation in a dynamic marketplace.

The OK Labs demonstration highlights the hosting of multiple complementary “guest” operating systems (OSes) on a single low-end ARM processor, combining applications and baseband processing. The hardware consolidation not only results in significant bill of material (BOM) savings, but also enables richer interaction among software components, in particular, between the Linux application OS and the BREW® environment for baseband and legacy application execution. The demo illustrates two applications running on separate OSes, working seamlessly together on a single low-cost ARM processor, with no performance degradation.

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