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The Icon Bar: News and features: The many uses of ARM chips

The many uses of ARM chips

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 12:09, 22/3/2001 | , , , , ,
I held off posting an item about the new GameBoy Advance, but today there's some other hardware news that makes a message more worthwhile.

GBAFirstly, that GBA: the successor to the highly successful GameBoy (obviously) starts shipping in Japan this week, and comes with a colour screen, a horizontal aspect (it's wide, not tall), a range of case colours, and best of all a x17 speed increase thanks to the main controller - an ARM processor (although which version doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere).

The second project is from DARPA, the American research agency who are credited with starting a communications project that became something called the "Internet". Their new "soldier's radio" is designed to help communication between soldiers in the field without the need for a central infrastructure (sound familiar?); in essence a low-power channel-hopping mobile phone without the towers, with other cool abilities like estimating a soldier's position when access to a GPS receiver isn't possible. To accomplish this they're going to be using StrongARM processors running a proprietary version of Linux.

So, from entertainment to military uses, ARM chips keep on attracting high profile hardware designers.

Link: How Nintendo's Game Boy Advance Works
Link: Darpa mobile project preps 'soldier's radio'

Source: Slashdot

  The many uses of ARM chips
  (12:15 22/3/2001)
  David McEwen (18:36 22/3/2001)
Lee Johnston Message #88393, posted at 12:15, 22/3/2001
Unregistered user It uses an ARM7T surrounded by the usual chunk of custom graphics chips (apparently it's quite similar to the SNES). I can't remember the clock rate.
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David McEwen Message #88394, posted at 18:36, 22/3/2001, in reply to message #88393
Unregistered user The GBA has a 16Mhz ARM7TDMI. In terms of what it can do it is very much like a SNES. However it has the bonus of being able to have direct screen addressing meaning that alongside versions of Mario Kart, FZero, Super Street Fighter and other top SNES games will be a version of Doom.
Combine this with games being able to link up with only 1 cart required and this is an awesome little machine. Fingers crossed I'll get mine in 2 weeks!
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