ARM Powers Oracle Network Computer Demo
ARM allows OEMs to Hit the Magical Price Point of $500
Advanced RISC Machines Limited (ARM) congratulates Oracle on its first
public demonstration of its Network Computer (NC) in San Francisco
yesterday. The Network Computing concept as envisaged by Oracle is set
to change the shape of our industry by greatly broadening the
accessibility of information technology. The first Oracle NC is based on
the ARM7500, single chip multimedia solution.
To appeal to the consumer market Oracle has to strike below the magical
price point of $500. This would put the NC at the same cost as a video
recorder, and within reach of the consumer market.
Achieving the sophistication required by the NC at this cost, simply is
not possible with current desktop processors. Industry analyst Dataquest
claims that a version of the NC, based on components used in a PC would
amount to $600 in hardware costs alone.
The ARM7500 is a very highly integrated processor which integrates the
main functions of a network computer into a single low cost chip. This
high level of integration is made possible by the use of a very small,
high performance, power efficient processor core and peripherals.
Here we outline in some more detail why ARM is suitable for the Network
ARM Partnership, making a World Standard
ARM has built an open world standard through licensing its designs to
world leading global semiconductor manufacturers. Each of the current 14
partners brings unique skill and expertise to add to the capability of
ARM itself. ARM extends this business model by also partnering with 3rd
party software and development tool providers.
Size and Cost
All of ARM's processors are very small and hence low cost. Also because
ARM processors are so tiny there is room for other functions to be
integrated all into one economically sized chip.
The ARM704, microprocessor which is integrated within the ARM7500 has
comparable performance and features to a mid-range 486, and yet is less
than one third the size and a fraction of the cost. The ARM7500 adds
high quality video, sound and I/O capability.
Performance and Scalability and Future Product Development
Anything less than a 32-bit processor would not be fast enough for a
Network Computer. System designers want a choice of compatible
processors capable of running the same software, which cover a wide
performance range. The ARM RISC family is fully compatible across a huge
performance range, from the ARM7TDMI Thumb, through ARM8 up to the
awesome StrongARM chip. ARM and its partners will extend their product
range in support of the Network Computer concept.
All ARM processors feature very low power consumption. The ARM710/704
use about 1/8 the power of the similarly capable 486, allowing the use of
small, inexpensive plastic chip packages without fans or heat-sinks
further reducing system cost.
ARM is a secure, well supported development environment. Viewcall,
Teknema and Online Media have already developed set top box and web
browser products, available now using the ARM7500.
To learn more about ARM, please see our Web Site at: http://www.arm.com
Advanced RISC Machines Ltd (ARM)
ARM designs, licenses and markets high-performance, low-cost, low-power
consumption 32-bit RISC processors, peripherals and development tools for
embedded control, consumer multi-media, DSP and portable applications.
ARM also provides consulting and training. ARM licenses its technology
to semiconductor partner companies, who focus on manufacturing,
applications and marketing. The versatility of ARM's cores, together
with the unparalleled breadth of the partnership's expertise ensures that
ARM-based solutions are available to meet almost every customer's
processor needs. The ARM semiconductor partners are: Alcatel Mietec,
Asahi Kasei Microsystems, Atmel ES2, Cirrus Logic, Digital Semiconductor,
GEC Plessey Semiconductors, LG Semicon, NEC, Oki, Samsung, Sharp, Symbios
Logic, Texas Instruments and VLSI Technology. Together they make ARM the
world volume embedded RISC standard.
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The above is a Press release from ARM Ltd, 28/2/96