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Intel will unveil a new processor based on its ARM-derived XScale architecture in September.

And the chip giant may have signed up Palm among its first major customers.

The chip will ultimately take the chip's speed up to 1GHz, the chip giant's Taiwan subsidiary said yesterday. However, the version that's expected to be launch in September will run at just over 300-400MHz. Intel's current generation of ARM-based CPUs, the StrongARM family, run at 206-300MHz.

That's around twice the speed of the ARM-based Dragonball MX1 Motorola intends to put into production during Q3, so it's no wonder that Palm, which has discussed taking its OS over to the ARM architecture as part of its next major revamp, might well be considering a move to Intel.

Taiwanese industry sources yesterday reiterated rumours that Palm is indeed planning to switch to XScale. Such claims have been circulating for some time. ®

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