Intel releases trio of new PDA processors

Intel has released three new PXA processors aimed at allowing OEMs to create more compact, less power hungry PDAs

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 3, 2003

Intel has introduced three new processors for PDAs. The new processors provide a range of different capabilities for OEMs, including enhanced power consumption, combined processor and memory packages and space saving, easier to use chips.

“The PDA segment has had a number of exciting developments, aided by the performance and power of the Intel PXA250 processor introduced a year ago. With today’s announcement, Intel has continued to enable even more features and functionality by continuing to take advantage of Intel’s industry-leading design and manufacturing expertise,” said Hans Geyer, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel PCA Components Group.

The first new addition to the processor range is the Intel PXA263, available in 200, 300 and 400MHz versions. The PXA263 includes 32MB of 32-bit Intel StrataFlash memory, which is stacked on top of the processor. This cuts out the need for separate processor and memory, giving up to 72% space saving, and also allows for better performance on processor intensive tasks.

The second processor the PXA260, also available in 200-400MHz versions is compact processor that is up to 53% smaller than other processors. It is also ‘pin compatible’ with the Intel PXA26x processor family, meaning it can be fitted easily on a single board.

The PXA255 is a performance chip, which has twice the system bus speed of its predecessor, the Intel PXA250, to enhance execution of tasks. The voltage of the chip has also been cut to 1.3 volts at 400MHz, which allows for better power consumption. Intel says that the chip lowers power consumption by 30% in run mode and 60% in idle mode.

Various vendors are using the new processors already, including Acer, Casio, Dell, Symbol and Toshiba. The processors are also being used in smart displays and portable media players by companies including Philips, Fujitsu, Trigem, Wyse, ViewSonic, Creative, Samsung and Sonicblue.

The processors are due to ship in volume by the second quarter of this year. Prices are $42.35 for the PXA263 200MHz in 10,000 processor quantities, and 422.85 foe the PXA260 200MHz in 10,000 processor quantities.

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