Marvell just launched a family of mobile application processors* called Armada aimed at mobile devices like handheld or portable computers (smarttops). The Family has 4 models named Armada 100, Armada 500, Armada 600 and Armada 1000. As you can guess each of them address a different segment depending on the performance, thermal and power requirements. Here are the highlights:
- Armada 100: for low-intensity applications like printers, GPS, desktop phones etc…
- Armada 500 and 600: handsets, MID. Supports 1080p decode, 3D graphics WUXGA resolution and runs at 1.2Ghz maximum.
- Armada 1000: for set top boxes and possibly smart tops. We guess that this design requires more cooling. It is a dual-core CPU, can decode 1080p movies and has graphics acceleration.
All processors have been designed to be low-power and have plenty of in/out functions like USB, Ethernet, SATA, PCIe, Flashcard readers and so on. They are also compatible with popular memory sub-systems like DDR2 or DDR3.
*Application processors are also called “system on a chip”. That is equivalent of a PC motherboard with the processor, graphics processor and the IO chipset in a single chip.
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