ARM Introduces PrimeXsys Wireless

ARM has introduced the PrimeXsys Wireless Platform, which aids the development of handhelds and third-generation mobile phones. It is designed to help handheld manufacturers run their various operating systems on ARM chips by delivering pre-validated, application-targeted hardware sub-systems along with all relevant application software. The next generation of Palm OS handhelds will run on ARM-based chips and Palm has already shown an interest in the PrimeXsys Wireless Platform.

"Managing system complexity and accelerating market delivery are becoming ever more important to the success of wireless devices, such as next generation handhelds. The PrimeXsys Wireless Platform is an important step towards achieving both those goals," said Gina Clark, VP, Platform Marketing, Palm.

Ian Thornton, the PrimeXsys product manager said, "The new platform integrates all the components necessary to boot a major operating system, and run applications such as multimedia software and Java applets, while leaving plenty of room for our licensees to add on additional intellectual property such as a DSP, video acceleration hardware, a USB and their own software applications."

The PrimeXsys Wireless Platform is based around the ARM926EJ-S microprocessor core. It incorporates key peripherals like an LCD controller, the ARM MOVE co-processor for video encoding and the AMBA Multi-layer AHB system bus for maximizing throughput.

It will support all major operating systems including the Palm OS, Linux, Symbian OS and Windows CE. The platform also includes state-of-the-art development tools.

It is just the first of a number of PrimeXsys platforms.

In July, Palm announced that several chip manufacturers had joined its new Palm OS Ready program and would be making microprocessors that could run the next generation of the Palm OS. The list includes Intel, Motorola and Texas Instruments.

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Token @ 9/5/2001 10:28:26 AM #
I'll be curious to see how this compares to BREW, a QUALCOMM, CDMA based initiative intended for use on Cellphone/Communication devices. BREW has the jump, as it is out there now as a developement platform targetting ARM processors, and it has both telephony and data support.



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