While Garmin International licenced the Palm OS over a year ago, it has yet to release a device using it. This is about to change as the company is going to put out a GPS receiver running the latest version of the Palm operating system on it. Garmin has yet to say anything about this but Motorola, who will be supplying the processor, has jumped the gun and put out a press release on it.
The release concentrates mainly on the Motorola Dragonball MXL chip so no details are available on Garmin’s GPS receiver beyond its existence. In fact, from the way the press release in worded, the company might even be releasing more than one receiver running the Palm OS. However, the Garmin device won’t be available soon as the Dragonball MXL won’t go into full production until the first quarter of next year.
The new DragonBall MXL (MC9328MXL) features a ARM920T core that operates at 150 MHz. It includes an LCD controller, USB support, and an MMC/SD host controller.
This should not be confused with the 68K Dragonball processors that are in Palm OS models running OS 4.1 and below. The DragonBall MXL is an ARM-compliant chip that has been designed to compete with Intel’s XScale and Texas Instruments’ OMAP processors.