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TI chips to slip into Palms [ZDNet]

Dec 20, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Richard Shim of ZDNet News reports that handheld maker Palm announced Monday that it has chosen chipmaker Texas Instruments and its OMAP (Open Multimedia Application Platform) architecture to power its next generation of wireless handhelds. Several weeks ago, TI announced a strategic alliance with Embedded Linux… specialist Ridgerun, whereby Embedded Linux will be supported on on TI's new ARM-based dual-core system-on-chip processors and OMAP architecture. Shim writes . . .

“Under the deal, Palm's upcoming wireless devices will use Texas Instruments' chips and its OMAP (Open Multimedia Application Platform) blueprint for wireless devices. Palm products that incorporate OMAP will be available within a year.”

“Todd Bradley, Palm's chief operating officer, said on a conference call that TI will be a 'preferred' supplier but that the contract is nonexclusive, which means that Palm can still use chips from other manufacturers.”

“Chipmakers Intel and Motorola have been competing with TI to provide chips to handheld market leader Palm. All three companies are working on chips based on designs originating from Cambridge, England-based ARM Holdings.”

“Monday's announcement comes as Palm is transitioning its handheld operating system over to ARM-based chips . . .”

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