San Jose, CA--September 23, 1996--Advanced RISC Machines (ARM; Cambridge, England) announced at DiskCon '96 a strategic partnership with PalmChip (San Jose, CA).
PalmChip is nearing first silicon on its new, ARM Powered, patented disk controller architecture, CoreFrame, which provides a modular platform that eases CPU, logic, and memory integration. This cuts development time in a market known for short product life cycles. Design time is further reduced by the architecture's simplified verification and re-use of the processor, DRAM, and other macrocells.
PalmChip's first design will incorporate the ARM7TDMI core, a 32-bit RISC processor with the Thumb code compression extension, advanced EmbeddedICE in-chip debug system, and enhanced DSP-capable multiplier. The Thumb extension delivers 32-bit RISC performance at 16-bit system costs through the efficient use of a second compressed set of 16-bit instructions, which reduce memory use by a third and minimize system cost.
PalmChip is close to releasing its first ARM design--a controller for a disk drive, which goes into production next year. Future ARM-based designs in optical and flash storage are expected soon.
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