Rumor: More on Palm Choosing XScale
Recently, rumors have been circulating that the next generation of Palm models will use Intel microprocessors instead of Motorola ones. The Register is adding fuel to the fire by quoting unnamed Taiwanese industry sources who said that that Palm is indeed planning to switch to XScale.
Naturally, this is still at the rumor stage. It has been suggested by some that Palm itself is circulating these rumors to improve their negotiating position with Motorola.
All previous Palm models have used processors from Motorola. This includes all the Palm OS licensees, too. However, it has long been known that Palm's next operating system, OS 5.0, will run on chips using ARM technology and both Motorola and Intel make chips that fit that description.
The XScale chip is a strong contender. It is manufactured on Intel's 0.18-micron process technology. It offers low power operation ranging from one ten-thousandth of a watt to 1.6 watts, and performance that allows it to operate at clock speeds approaching 1 GHz. Naturally, the high end chips aren't likely to appear in handhelds without some major improvements in battery technology.
Intel is currently planning on releasing the first XScale chip in September. It will operate at between 300-400 MHz.
Motorola has made it clear that they want to keep Palm's business and have announced chips clearly intended to be used as Palm's upgrade path. The first of these, the Dragonball MX1, is the first ARM core-based chip from Motorola and offers speeds up to 200 MHz. It will have Sony's Memory Stick and an SD interface built in. According to Motorola,it will have best-in-class low power consumption in active, sleep and shutdown modes. It won't be available until the third quarter of this year.
At PalmSource in December, Palm executives demonstrated current Palm software in emulation mode on a development board built around an ARM processor. The ARM chip used on the development board was made by Cirrus Logic, but Palm said at the time that this didn't imply a commitment to any processor manufacturer.
Palm's CEO Carl Yankowski has said that OS 5.0 is going to be released in the second half of 2002.
- Rumor: Palm Going to Pick Intel Instead of Motorola
- Intel Officially Announces XScale
- Motorola Unveils 200 MHz Dragonball-ARM Chip
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