ARM Holdings is to give handheld devices a speed boost with its next-generation “Jaguar” processor microarchitecture, dubbed ARM11, which will ultimately surpass speeds of 1GHz.
ARM released architecture details on Monday to coincide with the Embedded Processor Forum in California. This processor will also be the first to implement ARM’s v6 instruction set, which includes multimedia performance enhancement features. PC devices, for example, runs in the 200MHz range.
ARM11 will help take ARM out of the shadow of Intel who currently produce an ARM chip with speeds of 400 MHz, bringing the performance boost to other licencees.
In its initial incarnation using a 0.13-micron manufacturing
ARM chip designs are licensed by most leading chip manufacturers, including Intel and Motorola, for powering mobile phones, PDAs and other portable data devices. Pocket PC PDAs and the Game Boy Advance portable video game are both powered by ARM-based chips. The Intel StrongARM chip that powers some Pocket process, ARM11 will deliver 350MHz to 500MHz in the worst cases, with typical performance of 533MHz to 750MHz, ARM said. Using a more advanced 0.10-micron process the architecture will be able to run faster than 1GHz.
Look for amazing multimedia performance and improved power efficiency with this chip. The release date is sometime in Q4 2002.
View the ARM company press release here: