Citrix has announced it will license its Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) technology to Motorola for use in its digital wireless devices, including iDEN integrated digital handsets.
The agreement with Motorola marks the first use of Citrix's ICA technology.
The combination of Motorola's all-digital, packet-based iDEN technology, which combines the capabilities of a digital cellular phone, two-way radio and alphanumeric pager in a single phone, with Citrix MetaFrame and WinFrame software will enable mobile users to access the same business applications as they get in the office.
"The licensing agreement with Citrix will allow users to capitalise on the advanced packet-based capabilities of the iDEN network, allowing an iDEN phone connected to a computer to function as an advanced, integrated data modem," said Sam Desai, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's iDEN Subscriber Group.
Gerry Purdy, CEO of industry analyst group Mobile Insights, commented: "Because the needs of today's workers extend well beyond the desktop, access to enterprise applications from any location is becoming a requirement.
"By incorporating Citrix's Independent Computing Architecture technology into devices such as Motorola's iDEN units, users can gain the benefits of communications and computing seamlessly through a single device."
In the initial implementation, the ICA client will reside on the notebook PC, and the iDEN handset will be connected to the PC.
Subsequent plans involve Motorola embedding the entire ICA client into iDEN handsets and other wireless devices.
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