Thanks to Samsung, PDAs Will Soon Run at 533MHz

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Overnight, Samsung released the S3C2440 mobile processor which runs at 533MHz, making it the fastest mobile CPU available. The S3C2440 supports a camera interface, TFT & STN LCD display support, SD/MMC/SDIO, USB host and device, and touch screen interface.

“The increasing popularity of mobile applications is driving the demand for high-performance, low-power mobile processors, ” said Vice President Yun-tae Lee of the Mobile Design Project Team at SOC R&D Center, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung developed its newest 533MHz processor using its unique high-speed process and low-power design technology in conjunction with an optimized power management methodology for high performance operation from a minimal power source.”

The S3C2440 CPU supports major operating systems including Microsoft Windows CE, Palm OS, Symbian and Linux. The device also offers the advantages of a built-in NAND flash boot loader so that high-density NAND flash memory can be used without having to install an additional support chip.

The S3C2440 features an ARM920T core, a 16/32-bit RISC microprocessor for high performance in a small form-factor and a low core voltage of 1.3V. In addition, it is developed using 0.13um CMOS standard cell and a memory compiler and adopts Advanced Microcontroller Bus Architecture (AMBA).

The new chips are scheduled to go into mass production by the 4th quarter of this year, meaning we could see new PDA’s featuring the 533MHz processor by the Holidays. It seems like a possibility that Dell’s high-end model, the X7 as well as new HP units (perhaps the 4000 series), will feature the S3C2440. The price of the new CPUs was not released.

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