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ARM in the news

By Chris Williams. Published: 26th Aug 2004, 21:39:48 | Permalink | Printable

Always with bigger fish to fry

ARM logoARM have this week acquired Artisan Components, in their biggest acquisition to date, which caused a little investor unrest. While ARM focuses on processor core design, it hopes to use Artisan's range of chip designs which include memories and I/O interfaces.

We last looked at the range of relevant ARM processor cores some time ago, and while Intel are making progress with their XScale cores, ARM have been persevering in the mobile embedded market. ARM are also this month holding their first developers' conference.

Earlier this month, a PDA virus was found in the wild, which affects ARM powered devices running WindowsCE. While Symantec gave the virus a low threat rating, one analyst described it as "setting a very scary precedent".

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Does anyone know if we can expect to see the original (non-Intel) ARM processors back in RISC OS machine, like the Iyonix? Ie. ARM 9 or 10? Or would that perhaps reap little or no benefit?

I think it's only a matter of time before PDA/mobile phone viruses begin spreading massively through the global networks, so it should be imperative Service Providers begin adapting their products to deal with any forseeable threats.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 27/8/04 11:11AM
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RISC OS already runs on some ARM9s (Pace had a demo about 3 years ago, Castle/Tematic mentioned some porting work for another customer). But if the processor is, say, 5% of the cost of the machine who's going to want a slower processor for a $10 saving in machine cost?

If you're making a Gameboy or a mobile phone, this is another question. Though if one of ARM's licensees comes out with a processor significantly faster than the i80321 with the right peripherals and at the right price, I'm sure RISC OS hardware manufacturers would jump at the chance.

 is a RISC OS Usercaliston2 on 27/8/04 12:54PM
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Totally OT, but is this the first Iyonix to appear on eBay?

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 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 27/8/04 3:59PM
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Okay, I realise now that I'm 3 months out of date already.

I'll mod myself down on the way out :(

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 27/8/04 4:06PM
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OT once again, but in reply to the flypig post, the iyonix on ebay appears to be poorly, it doesnt like booting up first time. Is this a common problem with iyoni ?

 is a RISC OS Userleeshep on 27/8/04 5:02PM
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Its more worrying to see who is selling it :-(

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 27/8/04 5:52PM
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hEgelia - weren't Microdigital supposed to have a working ARM11 Omega by now, oh wait, they haven't got XScale working yet, or StrongARM for that matter......

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 27/8/04 6:06PM
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In reply to markee174 i don't think it's the Chris Morison of !Organiser ect, he spells his name with one r, but the chris on ebay spells his second name with two. I could be wrong though ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userleeshep on 27/8/04 6:15PM
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I don't think MD can be blamed for the lack of an ARM11 based machine just yet. So far as I can find out nobody will actually ship you any ARM11 types cpus yet. Which is a real pain as a project I was working with at a large HapPy company wanted to use something of that kind of performance. No shipping parts, somebody else gets the nod. :-(

 is a RISC OS Userrowledge on 27/8/04 7:27PM
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An Iyonixs on ebay? My goodness, are they outdated already? Mybe if some more secondhand Iyonixs start to appear on ebay then the new prices should remain competitive? :angel: Regards, Steve

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 28/8/04 7:18AM
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This one not on topic, but I will mention... checkout the "(new) User gallery" link on the Drobe page. Some more people are adding some great photos to view and share, I have just added some more showing our RISC OS computers in Kiwi our school. Please do contribute to the gallery, I would love to see your RISC OS in action. This gallery is a great idea. (Don't reply to this off topic comment) :blush: Regards, Steve.

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 28/8/04 7:28AM
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From my general impression most ARM's are aimed at embeded/mobile devices along the lines of mobile phones and network equipment, where as intel are pushing it's XScales into PDA's and may see some luck in light tablets.

Though I sometimes dream of massively parrellel systems based on cheaper ARM's, but that's more a dream than reality.

 is a RISC OS UserNoMercy on 28/8/04 12:49PM
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How pathetic that an article about ARM acquiring Artisan can be turned into an attack on Microdigital.

 is a RISC OS Usermripley on 28/8/04 12:55PM
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