Three chipmakers and a giant mobile phone group teamed up on Tuesday in a likely bid to prevent Microsoft and Intel from dominating mobile devices as they do PCs.

STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments said Tuesday that they had formed an alliance (Mobile Industry Processor Interface - MIPI) to spur development of a wider range of wireless features and to guard against any one industry player dominating the latest generation of phones.
The companies said they would be joined in the alliance by Nokia, manufacturer of more than one-third of the mobile phones sold worldwide, and ARM, a designer of core processor chips used in most wireless phones.

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