Future Palms to Sport ARM Processors
Palm CEO Carl Yankowski made several important statements today at the Palm executive summit. He reiterated earlier announcements about Palm moving to have all their handhelds be wireless in one form or another but took it a step further, hinting that Palm will become mostly a wireless service provider. "Devices are critical, but they are a means to an end," he said. "We're on the cusp of what I believe is a wireless revolution." He also said that in the near future some of the company's palmtops will be powered by processors from ARM, which are significantly more powerful than the Motorola chips Palms currently boast. This will allow them to do much more processor intensive tasks. In fact, Yankowski announced that by the end of the year, the company will release a voice-activated product. More details are available here. It's rumored that the ARM chips will run off Palm OS 4 which is said to have support for different processors, different size displays and screen resolutions and more than 8 megs of ram.
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