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Digital StrongARMs into consumer market

Digital Equipment today unveiled a microprocessor that competes with the performance of a high-end PC and runs on AA batteries. The chip is designed for use with Internet terminals and consumer products.

Digital Equipment today unveiled a microprocessor that competes with the performance of a high end PC and runs on AA batteries. Called SA-110 StrongARM, the chip is designed for use with Internet terminals and consumer products like personal digital assistants (PDAs).

The company has been working with three consumer product companies, including Apple Computer. Apple will use the chip with its Newton PDAs, according to officials.

Digital Equipment licensed the chip from Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. They will be available in 100 MHz, 160 MHz, and 200 MHz versions and will be priced from $29 to $49. Shipping is slated to begin in June.