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Integrated architecture is Intel's first wireless move

Daniel Thomas
Intel, in conjunction with Analog Devices, has made its first move into the wireless communications market with a chipset architecture combining digital signal processor (DSP) and microcontroller features, writes Daniel Thomas.

The companies claim the integrated Micro Signal Architecture will bring improvements in ease of programmability, performance and power consumption. It is designed for processing modem, audio, video, image and voice signals in battery-powered, communications devices.

"The new Micro Signal Architecture will play a vital role in the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture, as we work to speed the development of applications and hardware for next generation wireless Internet access devices," said Ron Smith, vice-president and general manager of Intel's wireless communications and computing group.

DSPs provide the power to process voice and image signals in mobile phones, personal organisers, digital cameras and handheld video games. DSPs work alongside microprocessors that run applications in these devices.

The two companies also announced availability of a software program compiler which allows programmers to write signal processing and control code in the C/C++ languages.


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