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Intel adds cell phone tech to device chip

Intel introduced on Tuesday a new single-chip processor that's designed for advanced cell phones. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker said the PXA800EF processor will allow its PXA800F chip, code-named Manitoba, to connect to next-generation Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) wireless networks. EDGE is up to three times faster than the currently available GSM/GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) networks, which let people access broadband content over mobile phones.

The PXA800EF processor includes an XScale processor of up to 312MHz, 4MB of flash memory and a 156MHz digital signal processor, according to Intel. It will be available to phone makers later in 2004 for $29.15 each, in volume.