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StrongARM was a RISC-based processor developed by Digital Equipment Corporation during the 1990s. This processor used the RISC model developed by British ARM Holdings.
A RISC approach can decrease the amount of transistors needed on a processor chip. It can also reduce heat and energy use. For these reasons, the use of RISC-based processors was integral to the creation of lightweight portable devices for the consumer markets.
The StrongARM project was a collaboration between tech companies aimed at offering a product that did not require the full processing power of a conventional microchip.