NEWS - Monday, March 22, 2004

’Xbox In A Phone’ Devices Next Year

Intel unveiled the next generation of XScale processor at its Developer Forum today, claiming the chip will enable ’Xbox in a phone’ devices next year. The processor, codenamed ’Bulverde’, will be the first XScale to incorporate the MMX multimedia instructions that debuted on the Pentium platform in the 1990s. It will bring "mobile gaming into the 21st Century", boasted Kyle Fox, XScale Applications Manager, significantly improving 2D and 3D graphics and audio. Intel has been keen to tout its efforts to help developers quickly compile apps from a single codebase to all of its key processor platforms, and implementing MMX will smooth that process further, particulary for PC games developers who want to take their titles to mobile platforms. Another technology borrowed from the Pentium, this time the mobile side of the family, is the SpeedStep power conservation system. This throttles back the chip’s operating frequency and core voltage on the fly according to processor load. It also adds three more low-power modes to those already supported by today’s XScale echips.


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