How The Register reported yesterday, Intel has formally announced the death of the PXA26x series of ARM-based XScale chips for PDAs, according to company documents seen by The Register.
PXA26x parts were the de facto standard for Pocket PC devices, for instance it was lately used with the HTC Blue Angel (Xda III/IIS) until the chip giant began shipping the more advanced PXA27x family, aka 'Bulverde' CPU (used with the HTC Magician aka i-mate JAM), just over a year ago. Since then, almost all of the new Intel-based PDAs and Pocket PC-phone combos have shipped with Bulverde processors (except the Blue Angel, a decision I never understood since the PXA26x was already used with the Xda II aka HTC Himalaya).
The older parts are not toast yet. Intel will continue accepting orders for the parts until 18 January 2006, and will ship product though to 18 July 2006, the documents reveal.
Intel is offering both Bulverde and the older PXA255 processor as alternatives to the PXA26x series, but it warns that customers who follow this upgrade path will need to redesign their products - the PXA262 et all are not pin-compatible with either the PXA255 or the PXA27x family.
Cheers ~ Arne