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Intel StrongARM Processor, Companion Chip Optimized for Handheld Computing Devices.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 1999--

Intel SA-1110 Processor, Intel SA-1111 Companion Chip

Provide Scalable Solutions for Palm-Size Devices,

PC Companions, Smart Phones, Vertical Handheld Applications

Intel Corporation today announced the addition of the Intel(R) StrongARM(R)(1) SA-1110 processor and the SA-1111 companion chip to the Intel StrongARM product portfolio.

The Intel SA-1110 processor and SA-1111 companion chip provide increased memory and I/O design flexibility for handheld product manufacturers and complement the performance, power, and cost benefits of the current SA-1100 processor and SA-1101 companion chip.

High Performance & Integration, Low Power

"The Intel SA-1110 and SA-1111 provide the building blocks for a range of handheld applications," said Mark D. Casey, director, Intel StrongARM Marketing. "The high performance of the SA-1110 processor enables new capabilities in handheld computing devices such as software-based communications, improved speech recognition, and better handwriting recognition."

Casey added, "The combination of high performance, low power, and system-on-a-chip level of integration make the Intel SA-1110 processor an ideal solution for palm-size devices and smart phones. The SA-1110, together with the SA-1111 companion chip, can address the additional performance and I/O needs of PC companions and vertical handheld applications."

"We welcome Intel's commitment to further development of StrongARM technology, evidenced by the new SA-1110 and SA-1111 products," said Dennis Hamann, worldwide marketing manager for Hewlett-Packard's Asia Pacific Personal Computer Division. "Hewlett-Packard's successful Jornada(1) 820 handheld PC uses the StrongARM SA-1100 processor, and we believe that enhancements offered by the SA-1110 and SA-1111 will enable us to deliver even more powerful and versatile handheld PC products in the future."

Memory, I/O Versatility

The Intel SA-1110 processor supports SDRAM up to 100 MHz, in addition to EDO RAM, Flash, synchronous Mask ROM, and ROM. Internal wait signals support variable-latency I/O devices, such as graphics controllers, that are used in applications requiring large, high-color and high-resolution screens. USB end point and IrDA interfaces enable either wire or wireless data transfers to a PC for PC synchronization.

The Intel SA-1111 companion chip provides robust I/O support for PC companions and vertical handheld applications with full, on-chip buffering for PCMCIA and compact flash peripherals. It also contains a USB host controller, two PS/2 ports, two pulse width modulators (PWMs), and four additional serial ports for audio and other external devices. The SA-1111 also enables direct memory access (DMA) to SDRAM system memory, reducing SA-1110 processor intervention and increasing I/O performance.

The Intel SA-1110 processor operates at 133 MHz at 1.55 V and at 206 MHz at 1.75 V. The SA-1110 and SA-1111 companion chip are both available in a 256 mini-BGA package.

Robust Tools Boost Market Opportunity

The Intel SA-1110 is compatible with ARM(R)(1) V4 architecture. Developers of products based on the SA-1110 have access to a large library of ARM-compatible applications and tools, plus an extensive set of operating systems and tool chains, including real-time and interactive development systems. In addition, Intel offers an SA-1110 hardware developer's kit and evaluation platform that manufacturers can utilize as effective tools for developing and testing software.

Availability and Pricing

Samples of the Intel SA-1110 processor will be available in June, while samples of the SA-1111 companion chip will be available in July. Production of both products is scheduled for the end of the third quarter of 1999. In quantities of 10,000, the SA-1110 processor at 206 MHz is priced at $28 and the SA-1111 companion chip is priced at $15.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking, and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

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