Industry-Leading Silicon Vendors Extend Support for Windows CE

Windows Embedded Strategic Silicon Alliance Formed In Support of Next Version  
                            Of Windows CE  
  LAS VEGAS, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 
Embedded Developers Conference (DevCon), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) 
announced that leading silicon vendors (SVs) have pledged to extend their 
support to the next version of the Windows CE operating system, currently 
code-named "Talisker," through the formation of the Windows Embedded Strategic 
Silicon Alliance (WESSA). Members of WESSA include ARM Ltd., Agere Systems 
(formerly Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group), Alchemy 
Semiconductor Inc., Cirrus Logic Inc., Hitachi Ltd., Hyundai Electronics, 
Intel Corp., LinkUp Systems Corp., MIPS Technologies Inc., National 
Semiconductor Corp., NEC Corp., Philips Semiconductors Inc., Samsung 
Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Toshiba 
Corp. WESSA is a collaborative effort between Microsoft and the alliance 
members to optimize "Talisker" for their architectures via access to source 
code and joint development efforts. As a result of these efforts, OEMs will be 
able to develop high-performing Windows CE-based devices that take advantage 
of the latest microprocessor technologies.  
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In addition to WESSA, Microsoft also announced two new silicon vendor 
programs to further enable OEMs to quickly and easily evaluate and bring to 
market Windows Powered embedded devices. Building on the rich functionality 
available in Windows CE 3.0, Microsoft will make available a number of new 
board support packages (BSPs) later this spring. BSPs are preconfigured and 
pretested software packages that, together with the hardware reference 
platforms, enable OEMs to jump-start their embedded designs and thereby 
significantly reduce their time to market. These BSPs, based on 
industry-leading processor architectures from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., 
ARM, Hitachi, Intel, MIPS Technologies, National Semiconductor and NEC, will 
be available for download from the Microsoft Web site.  
Microsoft also announced today a program that will enable silicon vendors 
to include an evaluation copy of Platform Builder 3.0, the Windows CE 
3.0 comprehensive toolkit, and a run-time license with their boards. Beginning 
in February, National Semiconductor will offer a Windows CE operating system 
image and the Platform Builder 3.0 evaluation kit on its development board 
based on its Geode processor technology. Beginning in April, Hitachi will 
offer a similar program for its SuperH-based Hardware Architecture Reference 
Platforms (HARP). Not only will the program allow OEMs and applications 
developers to obtain everything they need from a single contact, it will also 
significantly reduce the time they need to spend evaluating and developing 
Windows Powered solutions. In the future, Microsoft will continue to work with 
additional silicon vendors such as ARM, Intel, MIPS and NEC, as well as IHVs 
to develop similar programs.  
"We have seen significant customer momentum around Windows CE 3.0 and the 
resulting relationships it is enabling," said Bill Veghte, vice president of 
the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft. "The formation of 
WESSA, along with these new silicon vendor programs, will further enable OEMs 
to quickly and easily build innovative Windows Powered solutions optimized for 
the silicon architecture of their choice."  

      WESSA Alliance Members and Supported Technologies 
      -- ARM. "Talisker" will support ARM's latest technologies, ARM V5TE and 
       ARM1020T as well as the 720T and 920T. 
    -- Agere Systems. "Talisker" will support Agere's ARM-based processor 
       cores in communications systems-on-a-chip. 
    -- Alchemy Semiconductor. "Talisker" will support Alchemy's line of 
       MIPS-based processors. 
    -- Cirrus Logic. "Talisker" will support Cirrus Logic's line of ARM-based 
    -- Hitachi. "Talisker" will support Hitachi's SuperH family processors. 
    -- Hyundai. "Talisker" will support Hyundai's line of ARM-based 
    -- Intel. "Talisker" will support Intel's current StrongArm and x86-based 
       processors, as well as the forthcoming Intel XScale microarchitecture. 
    -- LinkUp. "Talisker" will support LinkUp's line of ARM-based processors. 
    -- MIPS Technologies. "Talisker" will support MIPS Technologies' latest 
       architectures, MIPS32 and MIPS64, as well as MIPS16 and MIPS-based 
       processors derived from R4000 and R5000 CPUs. 
    -- National Semiconductor. "Talisker" will support National 
       Semiconductor's Geode family of x86-based processors. 
    -- NEC. "Talisker" will support NEC's VR series MIPS processors. 
    -- Philips. "Talisker" will support Philips' line of MIPS32-based 
    -- Samsung. "Talisker" will support Samsung's line of ARM-based 
    -- STMicroelectronics. "Talisker" will support STMicroelectronics' STPC, 
       ST40 and ST50 architectures. 
    -- Texas Instruments. "Talisker" will support Texas Instruments' line of 
       DSP-based solutions. 
    -- Toshiba. "Talisker" will support Toshiba's line of MIPS-based 
      About the Microsoft Windows Embedded Family and Microsoft 

The Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems and tools provide 
comprehensive software platforms for building the next generation of 
intelligent, 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices that demand rich 
applications and Internet services for a wide range of flexible solutions. In 
addition, Microsoft offers a wide range of programs and services designed to 
meet the specific needs of Windows Embedded customers, industry partners and 
developers. Windows Embedded includes the Windows CE 3.0 and Windows NT(R) 
Embedded 4.0 operating system.  
Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services 
and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company 
offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people 
through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.  
NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks 
or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. 
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the 
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