Intel forms developers' group for PCA

Intel announced the formation on Wednesday of an online community called the Intel PCA Developer Network designed to bring together developers working on the chip maker's architecture for wireless and handheld devices, an Intel executive said Wednesday.

Intel's PCA (personal Internet client architecture) is the company's blueprint for building both third generation (3G) wireless devices and software for combining voice and Internet access.

The group's Web site, at, will offer support materials, such as hardware and software development kits for the architecture, and a technical solutions catalog with more than 300 tools and product reference design information, Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Wireless Communications Group, said in his keynote at the Intel Developer Forum here.

"We are offering capabilities to help new solutions get developed and brought to the marketplace," Smith said. The network will also feature technical support, such as online forums and seminars, marketing assistance, and access to tools and technologies under development by Intel Labs, he said.

In addition, Intel also announced seven more companies that endorse PCA: AT&T Wireless Group Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Symbian Ltd. Macromedia and Palm Inc.

The Intel Developer Forum, in San Jose, California, runs through Thursday. More information can be found on the Web at For more information about the PCA Developer Network, go to

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