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.   (Photo: )   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         processors.      -- Hitachi. "Talisker" will support Hitachi's SuperH family processors.      -- Hyundai. "Talisker" will support Hyundai's line of ARM-based         processors.      -- 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         processors.      -- Samsung. "Talisker" will support Samsung's line of ARM-based         processors.      -- 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         processors.        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.   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