Intel takes wraps off wireless chip

Intel unveiled its "wireless-internet-on-a-chip" mobile processor which, the company claims, will help mobile device suppliers...

Intel unveiled its "wireless-internet-on-a-chip" mobile processor which, the company claims, will help mobile device suppliers increase power consumption, reduce heat, extend battery life and improve the form factor of data-enabled mobile phones, PDAs and smart phones.

Intel said the PXA800F single-chip processor - previously known as "Manitoba" - features ARM-based XScale processor core technology, 512KByte of Intel online flash memory, 64KByte of SRAM and an on-chip digital signal processor (DSP) running at 104MHz.

The Intel PXA800F will be targeted for use in mobile devices - specifically mobile phone and "smart" phones - that are compatible with high-speed wireless networks, including GPRS and GSM.

Intel added the mobile processor will enable 3G development of advanced multimedia handset features, including small Java applets, wireless e-mail and internet access and audio file playback. Products using the PXA800F will begin later this year, with prices starting at $35 (£22) in 10,000-unit quantities.

Earlier this month, Texas Instruments released its line of Omap (open multimedia applications platform) wireless chips which feature on-chip security hardware based on the ARM926 core and run at 200MHz. 

Motorola also announced additions to its portfolio of processors for the networking and telecommunications industry, plus a mobile phone that supports Java and Linux.

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