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AMD demos Alchemy-based PDA running Linux

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices has a reference design for a PDA based on its Alchemy Au1100 processor running Linux at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

The Au1100-based PDA reference design runs Metrowerks' Linux-based OpenPDA suite of software.

OpenPDA includes an embedded Linux kernel and a range of software designed for use in PDAs, including games and software for playing music and video files, as well as Trolltech AS's Qtopia multilingual user interface, Opera Software ASA's Opera web browser, and support for both Personal Java and J2ME (Java 2 Platform Micro Edition).

OpenPDA also includes a suite of personal productivity applications, including a calendar, contact management, to-do list, e-mail client and a text editor.

The Alchemy Au1100 processor was introduced by AMD in April 2002, following its acquisition of Alchemy Semiconductor, and is designed for use in mobile and handheld devices.

The chip is available in three versions, running at clock speeds of 333MHz, 400MHz and 500MHz, and includes a MIPS32 processor core, an on-chip LCD controller, a 10/100 Ethernet controller and a USB (Universal Serial Bus) device and host controller.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service


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