What isStrongARM

StrongARM is a line of lightning-fast RISC-based microprocessors manufactured by Intel. Originally developed jointly by Digital Equipment Corporation and Advanced RISC Machines (ARM), they have been widely used in portable electronic devices such as PDAs and palmtops. In 1997, Intel acquired Digital’s chip production facilities and took over production of these chips, which eventually replaced Intel’s i860 and i960 lines.

StrongARM chips are known for their speed and efficiency, with clock speeds ranging from 100 MHz to 1.1 GHz. They were also highly integrated, with features such as memory management units, direct memory access controllers, and interrupt controllers built into the processor chip. In addition to their use in handheld devices, they were also used in networking equipment, printers, and other embedded systems.

In the early 2000s, Intel introduced the Xscale range of processors, which were based on the StrongARM technology. These chips were even faster and more energy-efficient, and were used in smartphones and other mobile devices.


What does RISC stand for?

RISC stands for Reduced Instruction Set Computing. It is a type of computer architecture that emphasizes simplicity and efficiency, using a smaller set of basic instructions that can be executed more quickly.

What is a PDA?

PDA stands for Personal Digital Assistant. It is a handheld electronic device that can be used for tasks such as scheduling appointments, managing contacts, and taking notes.


StrongARM is a now-obsolete but once-pioneering line of microprocessors that powered a range of portable electronic devices in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They were known for their speed, energy efficiency, and high level of integration, and paved the way for future generations of processors that continue to power the devices we use today.

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