Palm and Texas Instruments (TI) have forged a business alliance designed to promote co-operation on technologies, products and marketing.

Palm's Solutions Group has selected TI's OMAP processor platform to power a set of next-generation handheld solutions, as well as TI's wireless GSM/GPRS technology to enable seamless connections of Palm handheld computers.

Todd Bradley, Palm's executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Solutions Group, said: "Working together, Palm and TI can accelerate the convergence of wireless voice, multimedia and data.

"We believe these capabilities will be increasingly important to the growing number of mobile enterprise users.

Gilles Delfassy, TI senior vice president and general manager of TI's Wireless Business Unit, said: "With TI's OMAP and wireless technology, Palm will deliver a set of next-generation devices that take the user experience to new levels."

TI plans to support the OMAP processor-powered Palm solutions by adopting them internally as an executive standard. Palm-branded handhelds incorporating OMAP processors will be introduced in "about a year".