FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2008
TAIWAN, January 2, 2007-- OpenMoko, creator of the first completely integrated open
mobile platform, today announced it is now a separate company of world leading
motherboard, graphics and mobile manufacturer, FIC. Launched as a project early
2006 within FIC,
the move enables OpenMoko to further develop its brand leadership in the open
mobile space while leveraging its relationship with FIC, which has provided
capital for OpenMoko and will manufacture high-quality mobile products based on
the OpenMoko platform.
Moss-Pultz, CEO and founder of OpenMoko says by establishing a separate cost
center and operations, OpenMoko is able to forge new business models, by
bringing Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to the mobile world.
continues to build up its senior team, announcing Steven Mosher, formerly with
Creative Labs as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. Mr. Mosher is headquartered
in the United
States. Wolfgang Spraul was added as Vice President of Engineering, formerly
with DataViz, Inc. He worked as a software engineer in the smartphone industry
since inception, on numerous highly successful products such as Documents To
Go.Carsten "The Rasterman"
Haitzler, creator of Enlightenment and many other famous open source projects,was
hired as Lead Graphics Architect.
have reached our initial milestone with the developer version of the Neo 1973 -
the world's first entirely open mobile phone, and will shortly announce an
exciting new consumer product and key US partner," said Sean Moss-Pultz,
CEO of OpenMoko. FIC and OpenMoko both recognized
that the demands for branding and engineering are quite different for a
trailblazing startup company than for a long-time established hardware
manufacturer. FIC's strong support and blessings mean that we can explore and
seize new opportunities with greater speed and flexibility."
OpenMoko a company in its own right, we are giving what started as a highly
important project the status and budget to break new ground by making open
source a viable business for software as well as hardware developers, " said
President of FIC, Charlene Chen. "We
already see FOSS taking root and growing in China and are very pleased with
current projects and development in the pipeline that will increase demand for
manufacturing of new mobile devices. FIC
gives its full support to the open source efforts of OpenMoko."
1980, First International Computer, Inc (FIC) is a world leader in the design
and production of computer motherboards, graphics cards, PC systems, notebooks,
mobile solutions, and other electronic devices. Publicly listed on the Taiwan
Stock Exchange (TSE 3701), FIC has a workforce of over 5000 employees spread
amongst six supplier hubs, ten manufacturing/assembly sites and seven branch
OEM/ODM supplier to many of the leading brands in North America, Asia, and
Europe, FIC has established itself as a pioneer of innovative products,
supplying engineering expertise, advanced R&D, and logistical services
throughout the world.
latest information on FIC products and services visit www.fic.com.tw
innovator in the creation of open mobile products,
Inc. manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Neo devices. Since 2006,
OpenMoko has been the commercial
and community effort empowering developers and consumers to personalize their
mobile devices, much like a computer, in any way they see fit.
latest information on OpenMoko visit www.openmoko.com
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