Intel Xtends Xscale

PXA255 launched officially

Update Intel is growing its Xscale family with the addition today of two new chips: the PXA260 and 263. And it officially announced the PXA255.

The PXA26x line's USP is stacked Flash memory - the memory chips are built into the processor packaging. The 32MB PXA263 joins the current 261 and 262, which contain 16MB and 32MB of Flash, respectively. The 260 has no Flash memory.

The new parts are smaller than the 261 and 262, allowing manufacturers to build smaller devices. The new parts are nearly 53 per cent smaller than the 261 and 262 (13 x 13 x 1.4 mm compared to 17 x 17 x 1.75mm). The 260 and the 263 will be offered at 200, 300 and 400MHz.

The 255 supersedes the PXA250, providing a faster, 200MHz system bus while consuming less power than the 250. The 255 runs at 1.3V. It too runs at 200, 300 and 400MHz.

The PXA255 shares the 263's more compact design. Together its architectural improvements should ensure the 300MHz 255 outperforms the 400MHz 250 - and deliver better battery life. Intel says it offers more than 30 per cent lower power consumption than the 250 in run mode and more than 60 per cent lower in idle mode.

The PXA260 and 263 chips should go into volume production in Q2. The 200MHz version of the PXA263 is priced at $42.35 in quantities of 10,000 units, while the 200MHz PXA260 costs $22.85 in 10,000 unit quantities.

Intel has already begun shipping the PXA255 to customers. ®