Advanced Risc Machines (ARM) has extended the range of its microprocessors by introducing soft modem technology for embedded applications.
The SoftModem technology lets a machine using an ARM chip perform data and fax modem functions and so eliminates the need for extra processors. That will make it attractive to companies like Psion who will use the ARM chip in their up-and-coming Series 5 and future ranges. It will also attract people making network computers.
The soft modem technology supports V.34bis/33.6Kbps and V32ter/19/2Kbps while it will also support the 2.4Kbps rate for set top boxes. ARM said that operating systems it supports includes Psion?s EPOC32, the Java OS, the Newton OS and Windows CE.
ARM is also offering a reference design and support for the international approvals process.
The news also included references to a future chip called the ARM 810, widely suspected to support version 2.2 of Windows CE, expected to be announced in the third quarter.
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