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Controllers support Vista SideShow feature

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? Windows Vista? SideShow devices?

Winbond Electronics Corp. introduces a range of new SideShow-enabled concept devices, created using Winbond controllers and prototyped by Ricavision for Microsoft, wirelessly connected to a PC.

The Chatter, a small handheld portable device with thumb keyboard, allows the user to respond to emails and instant messages. The Scribbler, a small device with an electronic "sticky note" function, is easily attached to a kitchen refrigerator or similar appliances. The Reader offers a convenient way to read documents and electronic books, together with all the benefits of SideShow.

Winbond's drive for innovative solutions, exploiting a broad portfolio of in-house technologies, has created a line of new applications based on its advanced controller for SideShow (WPCE521L) and associated firmware. These applications, working with Windows Vista, create new features that greatly enhance the user's "information touch" experience.

SideShow-compatible solutions enable users to interact with Windows Vista using gadgets. Winbond's range of SideShow-enabled devices communicate with the host system through wired USB or a wireless channel, using a wide range of input possibilities. These devices come in various shapes and sizes with displays, offering touch capability, from a tiny 2.5-inch QVGA up to a full-size SVGA LCM, or new electronic paper display with extremely low power consumption.

"The combination of Winbond's controller for SideShow with the Windows SideShow technology adds exciting possibilities for Windows Vista users," said Dan Polivy, program manager for Windows SideShow at Microsoft Corp. "The Winbond controller for SideShow will help Microsoft develop and demonstrate new SideShow concept solutions."

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