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Intel launches new mobile processor

Intel, the world's largest chip manufacturer, has launched a new range of processors aimed at mobile devices. The chips promise faster performance and longer battery life.

Intel has launched two new processors aimed bringing higher performance and longer battery life to handheld devices.

The PXA250 and PXA210 processors are based on the company’s StongARM processors which are used in many handheld computers and mobile phones.

The world’s largest chipmaker said the new processors would allow wireless devices to deliver music, movies and games whilst extending battery life.

Both chips feature a ‘turbo mode’ meaning they only run at full speed when necessary. The PXA250 can run at up to 400MHz and is aimed at handheld computers with large colour screens. The PXA210 runs at 200MHz and is designed for lower level handheld devices.

Intel expects to see products using the chips, dubbed Xscale, on the market by the middle of this year, with manufacturers such as Casio, Compaq, Samsung and Toshiba already pledging support.

“Now, devices running the low-power, high performing Intel PXA250 and PXA210 applications processors will be better equipped to run exciting new applications,” said Gilbert Lacroix, general manager Intel Middle East and North Africa.

The larger PXA250 measures just 17 x 17mm and does not require a heatsink.

The chips are based on 0.18 micron technology, but it is likely that future revisions will be manufactured at 0.13 microns, which Intel recently introduced for its high-end Pentium chips.

“The next developments which would be using XScale technology would most likely be developed on 0.13 technology,” said Ferhad Patel, business development manager.

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