The HTC Dream Smartphone is one of the most advanced pocket-sized computers available. It combines everything you need to take the internet everywhere: connecting wirelessly to the web for email, browsing with multiple windows, watching online multimedia, playing games and finding your way with maps giving detailed street views and up-to-date traffic information. It also makes phone calls.
At the heart of the HTC Dream Smartphone are chips containing ARM technology. An ARM11™ processor runs the main Android operating system and all the applications that users interact with such as the email tool and browser. The 3.5G wireless connection uses an ARM9™ processor to control communications with the cell’s base station. In addition, ARM7 processors are used to run the Wi-Fi and BlueTooth protocol stacks.
HTC used different semiconductor companies to purchase the ARM processor-based chips used in the Dream Smartphone. HTC benefits from having multiple suppliers of ARM processor-based chips as they can select which supplier has the most competitive offering, but know there is a common underlying ARM technology regardless of which supplier they choose. Chips that have a common ARM architecture can share software, tools and expertise to help OEMs reduce the total cost of ownership.