Garmin Selects DragonBall MXL to Power OS 5 GPS Device
Motorola has announced it's second-generation DragonBall™ MXL applications processor. Current Palm OS licensee, Garmin, plans to incorporate the processor into a family of GPS-enabled products, including those that will run the Palm OS 5 platform.
"We selected the DragonBall MXL chip because of its strong capability for real-time applications enabled by the ARM9 microprocessor core and the rich set of peripherals and features integrated by the Motorola design team," stated Cliff Pemble, director of engineering for Garmin International.
The DragonBall MXL architecture integrates system components on a chip to achieve the lowest power consumption for consumer applications in a wireless environment. A powerful additional feature of the DragonBall MXL processor is its state-of-the-art LCD controller that lowers the overall system cost and the clock frequency, leading to longer battery life and improved display performance.
"The new DragonBall MXL processor is a great addition to the full DragonBall portfolio, enabling Motorola to provide developers and manufacturers with a growing range of options to help tailor their designs and meet different feature needs at different price points," said Pete Shinyeda, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Wireless and Broadband Systems Group. "Ultimately, we think power performance is the best way to measure applications processor capabilities."
The DragonBall MXL device is expected to sell at a suggested price for low volumes of $10.30 (USD) each. Application development boards from Metrowerks are expected to be available by the end of the year, and full volume production is planned for the first quarter of 2003.
MC9328MXL FeaturesA summary of the MC9328MXL's benefits includes the following:
- Sixth generation of industry-standard DragonBall family for the personal, portable product market, second generation ARM-based processor
- High level of on-chip integration
- Very low-power system design without compromised performance
- Optimized for multimedia applications
- Optimized for cost sensitive, yet rich feature set devices
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