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ARM Gains Further Industry Acceptance
Last year, we noted that ARM had a growing following of licensees. This year, that trend continues as new chips based on ARM cores were unveiled at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Francisco. Here are a few of the standouts that we saw at the show.
Motorola has jumped in the fray with the introduction of the Dragonball MX1. This powerful was designed for mobile computing applications including PDAs and mobile phones. At ESC, we were quoted a current draw in the 40 mA range at 150 MHz. Here are some of the features of the Dragonball MX1:
The MX1 uses an ARM920T core and can operate at 150 MHz. It will support clock frequencies up to 200 MHz in the future. The MX1 is currently in alpha stage with beta samples scheduled to be offered in early summer. Literature is currently being produced and should be available sometime this month (4/2002). Budgetary pricing for this part is around $19 (Qty 10K). For more information about the Dragonball MX1, go to the Motorola website at http://e-www.motorola.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=MC9328MX1&nodeId=01M992364024054.
Sharp introduced their ARM7TDMI-based LH75xxx series at last year's ESC. This year, their product line has more than doubled, and the processors have a new name: BlueStreak. This family of processors use not only the ARM7TDMI core, but also the ARM720T and ARM922T cores. These processors have many advanced features and are suitable for PDAs, smart phones, media players, and other portable or multimedia applications. Some of these features include:
For more information on the BlueStreak family of processors, check out the Sharp website at http://www.sharpsma.com/sma/products/products.htm.
Samsung has a processor destined for the cell phone and mobile electronics market. The S3C2400 is based on the ARM920T core and has a wide array of features including:
The S3C2400 should be available in quantity by mid-May 2002. It will be priced around $15-$20 (Qty 10K). For more information about this chip, go to the Samsung Semiconductor website at http://www.samsungusa.com/cgi-bin/nabc/semiconductors/search/datasheet.jsp?family=395.
GPS To Go
Trimble Navigation introduced their latest GPS module at ESC. The Lassen SQ microsize GPS module measures an amazingly small 26mm square by 6mm high. The device module simplifies adding positional information to an embedded product. Power consumption is also fairly small at 100mW from a 3.3V source. The device communicates via a TTL level serial port and uses either TSIP (Trimble Standard Interface Protocol) or industry standard NMEA 1083. The Lassen SQ also features some internal flash memory for onboard data storage. Pricing is in the $50 range for small quantities. A starter kit is available which includes:
For more information on the Lassen SQ, refer to their website at http://www.trimble.com/lassensq.html.
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