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processor A collaborative project between Digital EquipmentCorporation and Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. (ARM) announced
on 1995-02-06 licensing the ARM RISC architecture to
Digital Semiconductor for the development of
high-performance, low power microprocessors.
The StrongARM family of 32-bit RISC products developed under
the agreement are faster versions of the existing ARM
processors with a somewhat different instruction set. They
are targetted at applications such as next-generation
personal digital assistants with improved user interfaces
and communications; interactive television and set-top
products; video games and multimedia edutainment systems
with realistic imaging, motion and sound; and digital imaging,
including low cost digital image capture and photo-quality
scanning and printing.
The StrongARM family has limited software compatibility with
the ARM6, ARM7 and ARM8 families due to its separate
caches for data and instructions which causes