Microprocessor Forum 2002: Halla Samsung´ 1.2 GHz ARM core
At Microprocessor Forum 2002 Samsung Electronics announced technological details about the development of 1.2 GHz ARM core Halla, being pin-compatible with ARM1020E, but, according to Samsung, more advanced than Intel´s XScale.
Samsung plans to use Halla in its integrated chips for Pocket PCs and digital TVs. According to the company, they considered Alpha processor developments, making Halla, that enabled to significantly raise chip clock.
Samsung engineers completely redesigned the core and circuitry, using dynamic nodes with dual-channel buses and low-amplitude signal for time-critical parts. Besides, control logic has been redesigned as well.
Halla samples are expected in Q2 2003. They´ll be made using 0.13-micron process technology, enabling to reduce 1.2 GHz chip energy consumption to 1.8W, 800 MHz chip energy consumption to 550mW.
Source: EE Times
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