CPU speed increases continue
On Monday we released a big picture player. The efficiency of our codec made this possible, but we’ve also been helped by the continuing increases in processor speeds. For example, the latest Athlon prices show that the cheapest desktop CPU currently available is 950MHz at a cost of $69, with the fastest chips now running at 1.53GHz. On mobile devices, ARM’s Jazelle will help our Java player. Our iPAQ codec runs on a 200MHz ARM, but faster chips will soon be common, such as the XScale from Intel running at 400, 600 and 733 MHz. Devices such as the Palm are expected to use these CPUs.