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MIPS draws licensees to Windows CE partnership

Posted: 07 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microsoft? mips technologies? windows ce? embedded operating system? risc core?

Microsoft Corp. and MIPS Technologies Inc. has announced that they will extend their cooperation on the Windows CE embedded operating system to include a group of silicon partners with licenses to the MIPS instruction set or the MIPS architecture.

Microsoft will provide proprietary road map information to the silicon partners on future capabilities of CE on MIPS platforms in order to help optimize CE for the MIPS32 and MIPS64 architectures. The partners will also be able to participate in road map planning, optimizations, bug reporting and other activities that improve the fit between the RTOS and the widely-used RISC core families.

Alliance members are already working together; MIPS has sent an engineer to work with the CE team at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington. One of the silicon partners, Toshiba Corp., is expected to send technical staff, as are other alliance members, said Kevin Meyer, vice president of marketing at MIPS. Other silicon partners in the program are ADMtek, Advanced Micro Devices, ATI Technologies, Broadcom, NEC, PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments. Group membership will be open to all MIPS licensees, Meyer said.

In the future, the two companies hope, the alliance will lead to rapid release of optimized versions of new kernels for MIPS architectures, and perhaps for MIPS instruction set extensions as well. In particular the two companies are examining their approaches to multithreading to find synergies and optimizations, according to Meyer.

Both parties described the relationship as unique but not necessarily exclusive. For Microsoft, this alliance is similar to one that rival core supplier ARM Holdings Ltd has with its licensees, said Scott Horn, director of Microsoft's embedded and appliance platform group.

Meyer said MIPS is not considering similar alliances with any other operating system vendors at this time.

- Ron Wilson

EE Times

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