Intel announces fast DSP chip architecture

Chip giant Intel debuted its Micro Signal Architecture (MSA) in Tokyo on Tuesday, marking the first step towards its new chipset for mobile devices, which is due to launch later this year.

The architecture, designed with Analog Devices, features a fast DSP (digital signal processor) for wireless handheld devices. The MSA is capable of operating at speeds of up to 400MHz, which Intel claims is more than twice as fast as other DSPs for wireless handhelds.

The architecture, which was introduced by the two companies in December, will be a key part of Intel's integrated chipset for cell phones and other handheld devices, the company said in a statement.

The architecture is part of Intel's plan to bring audio, video, images and voice to next-generation wireless devices. Developers tools for the DSP device, including a compiler, a simulator, a debugger and assembler, are available as part of Intel's ADI VisualDSP++ development environment.

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