Twenty-six Asian manufacturers and developers specializing in wireless equipment have endorsed Intel's Personal Internet Client Architecture, which is a blueprint for building wireless handhelds and smart phones. Through the endorsement, the manufacturers are signaling that they will be capable of building devices based on the architecture. The architecture competes with a similar effort at Texas Instruments, known as OMAP.
The 26 companies, which includes the Arima Group, Compal and Quanta Computer, are largely unknown outside of Asia but manufacture electronics devices for a number of U.S. and European companies. Quanta, for example, is one of the world's largest notebook manufacturers.