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
-- 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
-- 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
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through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
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