The future of the Strong ARM chip will be negotiated between Intel and UK chip developer Advanced Risc Machines (ARM), as Digital Equipment will end its involvement in the project if authorities approve its deal with Intel.
That was confirmed today by two separate sources at both Intel and Digital.
Digital senior VP Harry Copperman and Digital Semiconductor said Digital will only fulfil its commitments to existing customers and leave Intel to promote the Strong ARM architecture.
"Strong ARM does not fit our new business model," Copperman said. "We cannot sustain that extra architecture."
And Pat Gelsinger, a VP of desktops at Intel US, backed that up by saying his company was committed to it.
He said: "Strong ARM chips don't fit into our x.86 platform. But we also have a $1 billion embedded processor marketplace. If the Digital deal goes through, FTC and the Lord permitting, we'll take advantage of it."
Gelsinger said that the Strong ARM platform offered many performance features over other processors in that embedded marketplace.
Despite a series of impressive design wins for Internet appliances, personal organisers and hand-held computers, Digital gave up its investment in Strong ARM because it wants to get out of the processor manufacturing business. That leaves ARM to discuss the chip?s future with Intel.
Intel makes small devices for mini-notebooks in Japan, the company said yesterday, but they are fundamentally based on x.86 technology.
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