ARM Unveils New Mobile Technology

U.K.-based microprocessor technology vendor ARM Monday unveiled its newest generation of microarchitecture aimed at next-generation wireless phones and other mobile devices.

The company said its ARM11 microarchitecture is its first technology that uses its ARMv6 instruction set, which is optimized for mobile and other embedded devices. In particular, it supports multimedia streaming and Java applications on mobile devices, the company said.

“The ARM11 microarchitecture delivers new levels of performance, as well as efficiency, for leading- edge wireless and consumer devices,” said John Rayfield, ARM’s director of R&D.

Besides wireless phones and handhelds, the company said the technology is aimed at developers of home gateways and other networking products.

The technology supports Microsoft’s Windows CE, the Symbian OS and the Palm OS as well as Linux, according to ARM. It will support clock speeds of more than 500 MHz, according to the company using current microprocessor foundry processes and more than 1 GHz on next-generation foundry processes, according to the company.

The company said that the first CPU using the new technology will be released to device manufacturers by a still-unnamed chipmaker by the end of 2002.

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