RIM Will Use XScale Chips in Next-Generation BlackBerries

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Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that it will use Intel XScale processors in future BlackBerry devices.

The company will use the Intel PXA9xx cellular processor, codenamed “Hermon”, for its next-generation models that will run on EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) networks.

“We chose the Intel PXA9xx cellular processor because it provides us with the increased processing horsepower we need for future wireless applications, without compromising battery life requirements,” said Mike Lazaridis, RIM’s President and Co-CEO.

RIM EDGE networks offer average data speeds between 100 kbps and 130 kbps. This increase in data transfer speed will improve the web surfing experience for BlackBerry users.

More About the Hermon Chips

Intel’s Hermon line of processors was developed for smartphones running on 2.5G and 3G networks, such as the upcoming Blackberry models.

It combines an XScale processor and the Intel Micro Signal Architecture core for digital signal processing.

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