ATI Technologies Joins Palm OS Ready Program
ATI Technologies has joined the Palm OS Ready Program. This means that future Palm OS handhelds can include ATI's Imageon graphic accelerator chip, which delivers high-performance advanced 2D graphics and hardware MPEG-4 decoding. Imageon chips have been designed to offer the highest performance and crisp images while saving power for longer battery life.
Graphic accelerator chips work alongside the CPU handling graphics decoding and allowing the CPU to handle other tasks such as audio decoding. This reduces the amount of power used, as well.
"ATI Technologies will help the Palm OS platform push the innovation envelope by enabling a new generation of handhelds and smart phones with high-performance multimedia capabilities and advanced power-saving technology," said Christy Wyatt, senior director of Worldwide Licensing at PalmSource, Inc.
This doesn't mean all future Palm OS devices will have ATI chips in them. Instead, by joining the Palm OS Ready program, ATI has done the groundwork to be able to be included. Palm OS licencees will have a choice of which processors to use.
Other members of the Palm OS Ready Program include Intel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, and MediaQ.
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