Palm to Announce ARM Plans Tomorrow
Palm is going to announce tomorrow its plans to work with Intel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, and ARM Holdings to transition the Palm OS to microprocessors with ARM technology, according to Cnet. All three chip companies are all expected to use Palm's software developer kit to create processors capable of running the Palm OS.
Until now, all Palm OS handhelds have run on chips made by Motorola. But back last year, Palm announced that handhelds that that run OS 5.0 would use processors based on technology licenced from ARM Holdings. As several chip companies are ARM licensees, this left open the question of who would make the processors.
If Cnet's report is correct, it looks like Palm and its licensees will have their choice of companies to get their microprocessors from.
ARM-based chips will greatly increase the processing power of future handhelds. However, the switch should not require most third-party Palm applications to be rewritten. Palm's management is aware that the large number of applications available for the platform are one of its greatest competitive advantages and won't allow this transition to bring that to an end.
Stand by until tomorrow for more details.
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