DEC boosts StrongARM performance

DEC boosts StrongARM performance
Tom Foremski
Digital Equipment has unveiled a new addition to its StrongARM RISC microprocessor family with a more powerful version aimed at the growing market for handheld computing devices, Internet appliances and smart phones.
The SA-1100 runs at 133 and 200MHz. Digital claims it is the first embedded microprocessor to offer almost 1000 Mips/W since it uses just 250mW and says the chip is better suited to Java applications than other embedded microprocessors. The chip can emulate a V.34+ modem through software.
Several major companies said they would use the SA-1100 in future products, including Psion Software, Northern Telecom, and Newton.


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