London — Qualcomm disclosed early details of a new microprocessor that has been optimized for integration into the company’s Mobile Station Modem (MSM) solutions. The ARMv7 architecture-compliant Scorpion microprocessor will enable the convergence of mobile handsets with consumer electronics features by delivering performance and reduced power demands in mobile environments, according to Qualcomm.
Qualcomm, now a licensee of the ARMv7 instruction set, expects that its relationship with ARM Ltd. “will enable new wireless devices with advanced data processing capabilities.”
Possessing up to 1 GHz of processing speed, the Scorpion core provides up to eight times the performance of existing MSM solutions, according to Qualcomm. The microprocessor features a microarchitecture and advanced power management and circuit design techniques. The companion multimedia coprocessor to Scorpion implements ARM NEON technology to provide an additional 8 billion operations per second for added multimedia capabilities, a key requirement for next-generation advanced mobile devices. The company did not make clear if Scorpion is in the design phase or when silicon will be available for the MPU.
The Scorpion solution includes wireless-specific features that make the microprocessor extremely well-suited to mobile environments, while dynamic voltage scaling and dynamic clock scaling deliver twice the efficiency of ARM11 family-based solutions. The Scorpion microprocessor uses 65 nanometer low-power, low-leakage technology and a number of leading-edge design approaches to deliver optimized power consumption and enable longer battery life of wireless devices.
Qualcomm plans to announce the MSM platforms and products that will use Scorpion in 2006. For more information about the Scorpion microprocessor, please visit www.cematech.com/scorpion.
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