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Motorola moves to ARM

Motorola has licensed ARM processors with 32-bit architecture, for an unpublished payment.

The business allows the flap company to manufacture and sell ARM processors alongside its other products for embedded systems, including PowerPC, M-Core and ColdFire. difficult not to interpret this move as a public admission that manufacturers want to see on their devices ARM-branded chips rather than Motorola.

"We are responding to the needs of customers who want to maximize their investments on ARM-based software systems," said Fred Shalpak, Motorola's semiconductor chief.

The fact that ARM earned a good distance selling its 32-bit chips in the world of mobile devices, phones, digital cameras, PDAs, set-top boxes, routers, etc., focusing on the "high performance, low consumption". An old saying states "If you can't beat them, join them" and so did Motorola to be able to respond affirmatively to all those who asked "Do you have anything like ARMs?".

It seems that the first device based on these processors to be part of the Wireless world and could be Motorola itself to distribute it.

However, we must not forget Palm, which still uses Motorola's 16-bit Dragonball processor in its handheld line. An evolution of the platform is likely to bring all the software into the 32-bit world and ARM would seem an obvious choice for the foundations of the new code.

curious to remember how even Apple in the past used ARM processors inside the now defunct Newton, which in the MessagePad 2000 and 2100 versions had reached the remarkable speed – for a similar device – of 160 Mhz.

[Edited by Enrico Querci]