Microsoft Announces AMD’s lanSC400 Microcontroller To Support Windows CE

REDMOND, Wash., March 4, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that AMD has ported the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system to the
lanSC400 microcontroller. Today’s announcement raises to six the number of microprocessor families supported by the Windows CE platform and will increase the availability of high-performance semiconductors upon which OEMs can build new Windows CE-based embedded systems, mobile computing and multimedia product lines.

Microsoft previously announced Windows CE support for the SH-3 processor from Hitachi America Ltd.; MIPS-based processors from NEC Electronics Inc. and Philips Semiconductors Inc.; Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based processors; PowerPC processors and x86-based processors from Intel.

“Support for AMD’s microcontrollers provides a significant addition to the Windows CE microprocessor base,”
said Harel Kodesh, general manager of the consumer appliance group at Microsoft.

With the addition of AMD’s
Élan, we can take advantage of an even larger base of experienced x86 developers, a high level of integrated performance, and advanced power management features.”

AMD is very pleased to be working with Microsoft to port Windows CE to our
ÉlanSC400 microcontroller,”
said Bob McConnell, vice president, logic products division at AMD.
“The combination of Windows CE and our integrated 32-bit microcontroller provides an ideal solution for embedded mobile applications that require low system cost, advanced power management and fast time-to-market.”

Windows CE is Microsoft’s compact and portable operating system built from the ground up to be appropriate for a broad range of business and consumer devices that can communicate with each other, share information with Windows-based PCs, and connect to the Internet. Categories of devices for which Windows CE is suitable include small form-factor mobile computing devices such as the new handheld PCs,
PCs, wireless communications devices such as digital information pagers and cellular
phones, next-generation entertainment and multimedia consoles including DVD players, and purpose-built Internet access devices such as Internet TVs, digital set-top boxes and Internet
“Web phones.”

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