Strong Worldwide Industry Support for Microsoft Windows CE Continues to Grow

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 2, 1998 — Today at the Embedded Systems Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced continued momentum for the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system in the embedded market, demonstrated by growing global support from systems integrators, semiconductor manufacturers, tools vendors and distributors. This increased third-party support offers embedded developers greater flexibility and development support to speed their Windows CE-based products to market.

“Microsoft works with systems integrators and distributors to support OEMs building products based on Windows CE,”
said Jonathan Roberts, general manager, consumer applications group, Microsoft.
“This resource of highly trained, third-party companies plays an important role in the success of Windows CE design wins.”

Systems Integrators

In the past year, the number of systems integrators supporting Windows CE has grown from 10 to more than 100, providing OEMs with numerous development teams worldwide that specialize in providing embedded Windows CE-based applications. These systems integrators supporting Windows CE provide a broad set of services, including custom ASIC design and turnkey product development.

“Eclipse is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of the Windows CE operating system,”
said Serdar Yurdakul, vice president, marketing, Eclipse International Inc., a Windows CE systems integrator.
“We work directly with OEMs to help them translate their product idea into a working Windows CE-based device. In supporting our customers, we rely on the excellent support we receive from Microsoft.”

Semiconductor Manufacturers

The number of semiconductor manufacturers that support the Windows CE operating system for their chip and system designs has increased from seven to 16 in the past year. Microsoft works with the top semiconductor companies in the world, offering freedom of choice in power, performance and price for designers of all types of Windows CE-based embedded applications. These third parties include Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), ARM, Intel Corp., Hitachi, MIPS Technologies Inc. and Motorola Inc. A complete list can be found at

Development Tools Vendors

The number of development tools vendors that assist embedded designers with
Windows CE-based applications is growing rapidly as well. These companies ship tools that complement the Microsoft Windows CE Platform Builder, which includes the Windows CE operating system and associated development tools for building embedded systems.

Many of these tools vendors are demonstrating development products at the show in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion (Booth 1008) and in their own booths, including Applied Microsystems Corp., BlueWater Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Metrowerks Inc., Mentor Graphics Corp. and its Microtec Research division, Phoenix Technologies Ltd., Rational Software Corp. and SNMP Research.

“We are excited about leveraging our technologies into the fast-growing market for Windows CE-based devices,”
said Laurent Gharda, vice president of marketing at Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
“As battery life becomes a critical product differentiator, Phoenix provides system designers with enhanced device-level power management via SoftPower, a component of the Mobile SDK for Windows CE, increasing battery life.”

Distributors of Microsoft Windows CE-Based Products

Microsoft has increased the worldwide network of distributors to more than 20 worldwide. These distributors sell and support the Windows CE Platform Builder, as well as license the Windows CE run times, which are shipped inside each embedded system. A complete list of distributors can be found at .

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