Intel introduces XScale processors for wireless devices
The Intel Corporation has announced its first applications processors based on the Intel XScale technology in the Middle East region, stated a press release. Processors are currently available in sample quantities with production volumes quickly following by mid-2002.
The new processors are components of the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA), Intel's development blueprint for designing wireless handheld communication devices that combine voice communications and Internet access capabilities.
The new products, called the Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors, will enable a richer audio and video performance and speed up wireless business applications while using less power in multimedia cell phones, handheld computers, in-vehicle systems and other wireless Internet products. These products expand on the leading performance and battery life features of the Intel StrongARM SA-1110 applications processor used today in many handheld computers and Internet-enabled phones.
The Intel PXA 250 applications processor, running at clock speeds up to 400 MHz, delivers advanced integration, leadership multimedia performance and power savings for full-featured handheld communicators, in-vehicle systems and personal digital assistants (PDA). At 200 MHz, the Intel PXA 210 applications processor delivers an integrated, scalable solution for small form factor handheld and wireless devices.
More than 200 independent software vendors are introducing versions of their popular multimedia software applications in support of the new Intel processors. Adobe, Macromedia, Packet Video, Real Networks, and other companies have optimized their software to provide Intel powered devices with advanced audio, video and gaming capabilities.
These companies are part of a growing developer community called the Intel PCA Developer Network that offers wireless companies development, technical and marketing support for designing cell phones, PDAs and other mobile Internet devices and applications supporting Intel PCA. To date, more than 800 companies have joined the network and have access to its more than 400 hardware and software design tools.
Intel is providing continued support for Intel StrongARM-based devices and working with customers on the transition to Intel XScale-based processors. Devices using both the Intel XScale-based processors and Intel StrongARM-based technology are likely to co-exist for some time. — (menareport.com)
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