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Moore's Law and handsets

How can I get a feel for the raw computing power of a traditional handset versus a PC, in terms of memory and processing power. Does Moore's law apply to handsets?
Mobile phones are slowly approaching the level of applications processing power offered in recent years by PDAs -- PDAs and some smartphones now offer similar processing power to Pentium I MMX processors. Memory levels are growing similar with some devices offering 128MB of memory or more -- however, memory speed and overall component performance is still significantly behind that offered within even the most basic PCs. Moore's law, due in part to a dependency on battery technology, does not apply to handsets.
This was first published in November 2003

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