Intel Advances Power And Performance For Wireless Devices
Intel® XScale" Technology-based Processors Bring Advanced Capabilities for Cell Phones, PDAs and In-Vehicle Systems
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 12, 2002 -- Intel Corporation today introduced a new family of microprocessors specifically designed to bring high performance and long battery life to wireless communications devices. The new processors are based on the Intel® XScale" technology and will power multimedia cell phones, handheld computers, in-vehicle (telematics) systems and other wireless Internet products.
The added performance and power savings from the new Intel processors come at a time when significant amounts of data are beginning to be processed on wireless devices. According to Cahners In-Stat/MDR, of the 400 million handsets sold worldwide in 2001, only about two to three percent are capable of processing large amounts of information. By 2005, the analyst firm believes that more than 50 percent of the 900 million cellular phones sold will be data enabled.
"Consumers today want to access the Internet, share information and stay connected wherever they go, and that puts significant processing demands on their cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs)," said Peter Green, general manager of Intel's Handheld Computing Division. "These demands will only increase over time. The new Intel XScale microarchitecture-based processors deliver longer battery life and increased computing power for accessing the Internet with handheld communications and telematics devices today, and well into the future."
The Intel® PXA250 and Intel® PXA210 applications processors will enable the ability to deliver richer music, movies and games as well as many of the latest applications being developed for the workplace. The new processors complement the Intel® StrongARM* SA-1110 applications processors, the leading platform for Pocket PC* devices today, and set the stage for a new class of high-performance, low-power wireless communications devices.
Many of today's wireless and handheld devices sacrifice processing horsepower in order to maximize battery life. This trade-off does not impact the ability to manage simple personal information such as calendars and phone numbers. However, processors used in many current handheld products are unable to power popular compute-intensive consumer applications such as mobile digital music, Internet access, color video and gaming.
The new Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors allow makers of wireless communications devices to take the next step in high-performance and low-power wireless handheld computing technology. Products using the new processors are expected to be available to consumers by mid-2002.
The Intel PXA 250 applications processor, running at clock speeds up to 400 MHz, delivers advanced integration, leadership multimedia performance and improved power savings required for many full-featured handheld communicators, telematics systems and PDAs. Running at speeds up to 200 MHz, the Intel PXA210 applications processor delivers a highly integrated, low-power solution for cell phones and entry-level handheld and wireless devices.Increased Capabilities for Applications Processors
Building on Intel StrongARM technology, the Intel XScale microarchitecture core was engineered to improve the performance of a wide variety of wireless Internet devices as well as powering networking infrastructure equipment. Both technologies are fully ARM architecture compliant, enabling software compatibility for products based on Intel StrongARM and Intel XScale microarchitectures. Today's announcement marks the first general-purpose processor based on the Intel XScale microarchitecture for the wireless device market segment.
These new processors feature architectural enhancements including support for the new Turbo mode technology. Turbo mode enables the processor to scale the performance as high or as low as necessary in a single clock cycle, which helps conserve battery life while still providing the necessary boosts in performance. In addition, the new micro-power management features for these devices allow the new processors to potentially use less than half the power at the same performance levels of today's Intel StrongARM SA-1110 applications processor.
To increase multimedia efficiency and performance, Intel also added Intel® Media Processing Technology. It is designed to work specifically with the device's audio, video and gaming applications to increase the number of frames per second in videos, improve sound quality and give advanced graphical effects.Industry Support for New Processors
Manufacturers endorsing the new processors include: Acer Inc., Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Compaq Computer Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu-Siemens Computer, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hitachi, Ltd., Intermec Technologies, InFocus, Johnson Controls, Inc., NEC, Symbol Technologies and Toshiba Corporation. Operating systems supporting the new processors include Microsoft Windows CE.Net*, Windows Pocket PC 2002*, PalmOS*, SymbianOS*, and embedded Linux* from multiple vendors.
In addition, more than 200 independent software vendors are introducing versions of their popular multimedia software applications in support of the new Intel processors. Adobe, Macromedia, PacketVideo, RealNetworks, Inc., and other companies have optimized their software to provide Intel-powered devices with rich audio, video and gaming capabilities.
The new processors are key components of the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA), Intel's development blueprint for designing wireless handheld communication devices that combine voice communications and Internet access capabilities. A growing community of developers, called the Intel PCA Developer Network, offers wireless companies development, technical and marketing support for designing cell phones, PDAs and other mobile Internet devices and applications supporting Intel PCA. To date, more than 800 companies have joined the network and have access to its more than 400 hardware and software design tools. The Intel Communications Fund, a $500million strategic equity investment fund within Intel Capital, has made 15 investments worldwide related to wireless and handheld computing and continues to specifically target PCA-related investments.Pricing and Availability
Both the Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors are available today in sample quantities. The Intel PXA250 processor at 400 MHz has a suggested list price of $39.20 (USD) and the Intel PXA210 processor at 200 MHz has a suggested list price of $19 (USD) in 10,000 unit quantities.
Additionally, Intel is making the Intel DBPXA250 development system, DCPXA250 daughter card and Intel XScale microarchitecture XDB Simulator 2.0 with support for Intel PXA250 available today. These products allow rapid development and prototyping of hardware and software built around the Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors. For more information please see http://developer.intel.com/design/pca/applicationsprocessors.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom
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Industry support for the new Intel� PXA250 and Intel� PXA210 Applications Processors
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ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS
"Acer is pleased to be among Intel's PXA250 applications processor customers. We are honored to be a part of Intel's vision that brings next generation mobile and wireless devices to consumers and enterprises."
PRESIDENT OF IT PRODUCTS GROUP
Casio* Computer Co., Ltd.
"Casio welcomes the introduction of the Intel PXA250 applications processor. Casio first incorporated the Intel� StrongARM* SA-1110 into CASSIOPEIA� E-2000, its latest-model Pocket PC, and has been extremely satisfied by the high performance of this processor. By using Intel's newest processor, which delivers advanced integration, leadership multimedia performance and superior power savings for PDAs, Casio is now able to provide the strongest mobile platforms and offer attractive solutions to users ranging from companies to individuals."
CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
Compaq* Computer Corporation
"As the undisputed industry leader in Pocket PCs, Compaq is pleased to see Intel's strong support for this dynamic category of access devices. Compaq continues to define the next generation of voice and data access solutions that fit in your hand, and Intel's PXA250 and PXA210 applications processors will enable us to provide power-hungry customers more of what they want -- seamless access to information, applications, the Internet and robust multimedia content."
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE IPAQ PRODUCTS AND CONNECTED DEVICES DIVISION
COMPAQ COMPUTER CORPORATION
"Finding suppliers that had the technical capability to deliver quality products and services for our U-Connect hands-free communications system was critical. So, we went to the experts instead of inventing it ourselves. That's why we selected Intel for their new Intel PXA250 applications processor. Our goal is to work on a collaborative basis with technology leaders in their respective fields like Intel."
DIRECTOR OF TELEMATICS
"Fujitsu welcomes the release of Intel PXA 250/210 applications processor featuring Intel� XScale� technology. We believe the new processors based on the Intel XScale microarchitecture, with its leading- edge performance and low-power technology, offers great advantages for advanced mobile computing products. We are now in the process of developing our newest PDA, which runs on the Intel PXA250 applications processor with Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Software. We are confident that it will enable us to deliver mobile solutions that meet the needs of both individual and business customers."
VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER
DESKTOP PRODUCTS DIVISION & MOBILE COMPUTING DIVISION
PERSONAL SYSTEMS BUSINESS GROUP
Fujitsu* Seimens Computers
"At CeBIT 2002 we will be launching our new Fujitsu Siemens Computers handheld which will be powered by Intel's PXA250 application processor featuring Intel XScale microarchitecture. The Fujitsu Siemens Computers handheld combines the speed and low power consumption of the Intel PXA250 with connectivity and modularity to provide a powerful enabler for the mobility of users."
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, VOLUME PRODUCTS AND SUPPLY OPERATIONS
FUJITSU SIEMENS COMPUTERS
"HP is constantly evaluating new ways to enhance its Jornada handheld and PDA products. Our customers are looking for appliances that quickly and efficiently deliver information and media-rich content to them wherever they may go. Intel's new Intel XScale technology-based processors offer the right features -- small size, scalable architecture, fast performance and excellent power management -- making them the best choice available for HP's next-generation handhelds."
HP SMART HANDHELD APPLIANCES
"As the expansion of the wireless communication infrastructure, the requirement for the mobile information access will significantly grow. The performance to realize the secure wireless communication and handle comfortably the rich contents becomes significantly important for the mobile communication devices.We are excited to see the specification of the Intel PXA250 application processor, especially its advanced multimedia performance and superior power savings. This is why we chose this processor for our mobile malutimedia communication device."
PRESIDENT AND CEO, NET-PDA VENTURE COMPANY
"As the worldwide leader in digital projection, InFocus, will require cutting edge ARM*-based processors to drive our future wireless products. The Intel PXA250 represents the leading edge of performance and power savings that we believe our industry needs to take wireless projection to the next level."
DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
"Intermec's position as the lead provider of Productivity Improvement Systems depends on matching the best available microprocessor technology to the evolving challenges of the mobile computing environment. The new Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 platforms have the right features - small size, scalable architecture, fast performance and excellent power management - that make it the best available choice for our next generation handheld and wireless mobile computers."
VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT
"The new Intel PXA210/250 applications processors helped Johnson Controls launch our new in-vehicle telematics system, allowing us to bring worldclass technologies to the automotive industry as they are developed. Working together with Intel enables us to address the ever-increasing consumer demand for faster access and content delivery and, supports our telematics design strategy for an easy vehicle upgrade capability."
VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER
NEC* Computers Inc.
"NEC's goal is to is to provide users with devices that offers high-performance and robust functionality for our enterprise users. The new Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors bring graphic and performance capabilities that our consumers demand in the mobile and notebook products while meeting the small-size and low-power restrictions of portable, battery-operated products being developed today."
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MARKETING
NEC COMPUTERS INC.
Symbol* Technologies Inc.
"As an Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors customer, Symbol Technologies Inc. worked with Intel from the early stages of development, building in features specifically designed to meet the various needs demanded by the growing mobile enterprise population. The new Intel PXA250 applications processor delivers breakthrough performance, and our enterprise and vertical market customers will derive productivity advantages from our handheld products and ongoing efforts with Intel."
PRESIDENT AND CEO
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
"The features delivered by the Intel PXA250 applications processor based on the Intel XScale microarchitecture will enable us to deliver a new level of power, performance and mobility in our handheld devices. Historically restricted by the small-size and purpose-built application requirements of our handheld devices, we are now able to achieve extended levels of performance, data management functionality and communication capabilities, while maintaining our stringent standards of low-power consumption and reliability."
VICE PRESIDENT, MOBILE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
"Toshiba is firmly committed to providing our customers the most productive mobile technology on the market to help grow their business. With the Intel PXA250 Application Processor, Toshiba's next generation Pocket PCs will deliver improved performance to handle the most demanding applications."
CORPORATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & PRESIDENT/CEO
DIGITAL MEDIA NETWORK COMPANY
INDEPENDENT SOFTWARE VENDORS
"Adobe's vision--network publishing--is built on the premise of offering users the power to deliver visually rich content anytime, anywhere, on any device. Recent progress against that vision includes the delivery of an Adobe Acrobat Reader product for Pocket PC PDAs using Intel technology. As we move forward, our goal of delivering electronic documents in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) to mobile devices of all kinds depends on technological advances like Intel XScale architecture-based products, including the Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors."
DIRECTOR OF ACROBAT READER PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
"The Intel PXA210 and PXA250 applications processors will provide mobile handset manufacturers with a powerful tool, based on enhanced performance and broad support for the next generation of wireless devices. The Beatnik Audio Engine� (BAE�), fully-optimized for the Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors, will provide users with advanced audio capabilities, including high-quality music, polyphonic ring tones and multimedia sounds, designed specifically for next-generation mobile phones and wireless devices."
PRESIDENT AND CEO
Emblaze* Systems, Inc.
"As a company committed to the continuous development of leading edge multimedia technology for mobile devices, Emblaze is very pleased to be part of the Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors launch. By further enhancing power efficiency and performance, the new Intel processors are the breakthrough that will lead to the availability of next-generation wireless devices."
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
EMBLAZE SYSTEMS, INC.
"Fathammer is pleased to support The Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors. The X-Forge 3D Game Engine for mobile devices sees significant improvements in visual quality and performance through optimizations for these technologies. We're looking forward to a new level of performance in mobile games for devices enabled by these processors."
"Fonix and Intel have enjoyed a longstanding, supportive relationship. We are pleased with the enhancements that the Intel PXA210/250 applications processors based on the Intel XScale microarchitecture provide for our speech applications. We are confident that speech technology users, specifically automotive manufacturers, tier one suppliers, and mobile device users, will now be able to choose from a wider variety of speech applications and better overall performance and quality."
Kurt W. Flygare
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
"The Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors are clearly the future of handheld and wireless devices. The high-performance and low-power capabilities of these processors and their ability to support live video and audio makes them and ideal solution for our customers."
"As supplier of the reference Java virtual machine (JVM�) environment for the new Intel XScale microarchitecture-based applications processors, Insignia Solutions has worked closely with Intel to extend the power of Java� technology to the new Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 application processors. Together, our collective technologies deliver the high performance, low power consumption and small memory footprint required by smart mobile devices."
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
"Macromedia Flash provides the best way to deliver rich Internet content and applications to IP enabled devices. We continue to work closely with Intel to optimize Macromedia Flash for the Intel� Personal Internet Client Architecture as well as jointly taking a leadership role in promoting the standards necessary to make it easy for device manufacturers, software providers and operators to deliver a consistent user experience on their devices."
"As one of the first companies to work with Intel XScale technology-based products, PacketVideo is pleased to work in concert with Intel to provide consumers with one of the highest quality mobilemedia experiences available. By optimizing PacketVideo's mobilemedia products for devices running on the Intel PXA250 applications processor, we are able to offer mobile users greater functionality and versatility."
VICE PRESIDENT OF WORLDWIDE EMBEDDED SOLUTIONS
"Our technology represents the way forward in delivering an enhanced user experience to the wireless market space. ePAGE is scalable and can be used in mobile devices and server side solutions. Together with Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors based on the Intel XScale microarchitecture, our technology relationship with Intel will result in a leading edge solution for the next generation of corporate and consumer information appliances."
"The Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors provide PlayMedia with a powerful embedded systems environment within which our highly optimized AMP� and NewArk� technologies can efficiently manifest their unique features within the next generation pervasive computing devices. We have been working closely with Intel's engineers to enable current and next-generation multimedia applications, such as AMP� and NewArk� MP3 audio decoding, MPEG-4 codec and secure distribution algorithms to be optimized for and to make maximum use of the benefits of Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors."
Dr. Mario Kovac
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
"RealNetworks has pioneered the fundamental technologies and services for how people produce, consume and deliver digital media over the Internet and has adapted those technologies for use in the emerging mobile market. With the Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors' consumers will be able to view high-quality RealAudio, RealVideo and standards-based content on their mobile devices using the mobile RealOne Player in combination with Intel's high performing and low-power consumption processors."
GENERAL MANAGER, MEDIA SYSTEMS
OPERATING SYSTEM VENDORS
"Windows is about giving consumers great experiences across the spectrum, whether they're delivered on a PC or on smart, wireless, connected devices. To make consumer experiences like personalization and instant messaging as compelling as possible, device developers want higher performance, lower power usage, better multimedia support, and so on. Both Windows CE.NET and Intel XScale technology-based application processors are big steps forward for device developers and their customers. Microsoft's own development teams, working on the PocketPC and Smart Phone projects, are looking forward to implementing these technologies in the future."
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE WINDOWS DIVISION
MontaVista* Software, Inc.
"Embedded Linux will power the next generation of wireless and handheld devices and portable internet appliances Together, MontaVista� Linux� and the Intel PXA210 and Intel PXA250 applications processors will provide developers with the benefits of reduced memory footprint, efficient power consumption, lower development costs, and faster time-to-market."
PRESIDENT AND CEO
MONTAVISTA SOFTWARE, INC.
"Intel's high-performing, low-power processors coupled with the Palm OS, make for a compelling and powerful platform. Palm OS licensees and the broad base of Palm developers will be able to take advantage of the full benefits of the Intel XScale technology."
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
PALM OS SUBSIDIARY OF PALM, INC
"The Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processor will further enable Symbian OS licensees to deliver mobile phones that can easily handle rich multimedia services and applications, providing a great mobile user experience."
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES & MARKETING
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