Intel thinks small with new StrongArm

Intel has set its sights on the burgeoning markets for handheld computers, smart phones and TV set-top boxes with the release of a new StrongArm microprocessor. The chip is part of the StrongArm family that Intel acquired from the former Digital Equipment in 1997 as part of a patent lawsuit settlement with the company. Intel says the SA-1110 will help lower the cost and improve graphics and other features in palm-size PCs and smart phones.

Intel has set its sights on the burgeoning markets for handheld computers, smart phones and TV set-top boxes with the release of a new StrongArm microprocessor.

The chip is part of the StrongArm family that Intel acquired from the former Digital Equipment. in 1997 as part of a patent lawsuit settlement with the company.

Intel said the SA-1110 will help lower the cost and improve graphics and other features in palm-size PCs like those that run Microsoft's Windows CE operating system, as well as smart phones that combine e-mail and basic Web browsing with traditional call functions.

The chip should also improve software-based communications, and speech and handwriting recognition, said Intel, better known for the Pentium processor family it offers for desktop PCs and servers.

The SA-1110, which boosts the core speed of its predecessor and improves memory bandwidth by a factor of two, is also aimed at traditional embedded applications like network switches and remote access products.

Samples of the Intel SA-1110 processor will be available in June, while samples of a companion chip, the SA-1111, will be available in July. Production of both products is scheduled for the end of the third quarter.

In quantities of 10,000, the SA-1110 processor at 206MHz is priced at US$28, and the SA-1111 companion chip is priced at $15, Intel said.

Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080 or at http://www.intel.com/.

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