Summus Inc., a developer of information processing solutions for mobile and wireless devices, and AP Digital, a division of The Associated Press that provides news to interactive markets. have entered an agreement to develop AP Mobile.

According to the companies, AP Mobile is an interactive mobile news and photo package that delivers top AP national and international news, sports, weather maps and photos to mobile carriers for provision to their end-users’ devices.

Through a revenue sharing agreement, Summus and the Associated Press say they will make AP Mobile available to wireless carriers, mobile virtual network operators and wireless resellers for use as a subscription-based or pay-per-use service for users of mobile devices. Wireless users will be able to receive or retrieve news photos and captions, sports photos, and international, national and regional weather maps 24 hours a day via their mobile device.

AP Mobile will be powered by BlueFuel, Summus’ fast architecture for interaction with information for the mobile environment. Summus says its BlueFuel architecture addresses issues associated with the deployment of multimedia applications to wireless devices regardless of their generational capability.

A division of The Associated Press, AP Digital offers news services containing text, photos, audio, graphics and video on a wide variety of topics to the Web and wireless markets. The Associated Press, founded in 1848, is the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing news content in text, audio, video, graphics and photos to more than 15,000 news outlets with a daily reach of 1 billion people worldwide. AP’s multimedia services are distributed by satellite and Internet to some 120 nations.

Summus, based in Raleigh, says it has solutions that are designed to allow faster and more efficient delivery of media and access to information using wireless and mobile devices, such as cell phones and personal digital assistant devices. Products include Exego and the video e-mail application MaxxNote, a ZDNet Editor’s pick.

Summus Inc.: www.summus.com

AP Digital: www.apdigitalnews.com