Patrio Scientific Corporation demonstrated at its Comdex booth a prototype NC running its PSC1000 processor.
The PSC1000, now sampling and expected to ship in volume later this quarter, is a 100 MHz, 32-bit processor that executes Java bytecode natively. The chip has 150,000 transistors, leading to low power consumption and price, the company claimed. In volume, the chip is expected to cost $10.
Phil Morettini, VP sales and marketing for the San Diego, California based company, says the new chip can be used for low end NC-type devices, but is mainly oriented towards cheaper, higher volume devices.
Asked to contrast the PSC1000 with Sun's Java-specific processors, Morettini said: "Sun hasn't got any silicon yet. But we also expect that we will have 10 percent more performance than the PicoJava, at less cost."
Morettini said he expected the first Java devices using the new chip to reach the market by mid '98.
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