Intel is pushing its latest XScale processors at wireless device manufacturers with the launch of its so-called blueprint for next-generation mobile appliances.
In an effort to hitch a ride on the wireless internet bandwagon, the chip giant has developed a set of specifications based around XScale that will enable hardware and software developers to design applications for mobile devices in parallel.
XScale was launched last month as Intel's second-generation processor for mobile phones, personal digital assistants and other wireless devices. The company showed off a prototype running at 1Ghz and consuming 1.5 watts of power at the Intel Developer Forum in California last month.
The specification, called the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture, is aimed at makers of mobile devices that want to marry voice technologies with the internet, explained a spokesman.
Software designers are currently hampered by having to write applications only after the hardware has been defined, but the new architecture will allow both sets of developers to design systems simultaneously, he said.
Ron Smith, vice president and general manager of Intel's wireless communications and computing group, said: "Today's application development environment for wireless devices is a serial and slow process. To help keep pace with the advent of next generation wireless devices, hardware and software must be allowed to develop in parallel."
Intel plans to publish final details of the specification by the end of the year, after which it will market it to device manufacturers.
The chip giant is keen to get a slice of the next-generation wireless internet market as it missed out the first time around. As well as the XScale processor, Intel is promoting its flash memory products and cellular chipsets, and is working on a range of digital signal processors scheduled to be available by the end of the year.
"As the market moves from first generation to 2.5 and third generation, combining voice and the internet, it is also moving to Intel's areas of strength - the internet, technology, engineering, manufacturing and capacity," the spokesman said.
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