Four manufacturers have selected Intel's XScale processor for use in upcoming devices based on Microsoft's Mira technology.
Philips Electronics, ViewSonic and original equipment manufacturers ABoCom and Tatung will use Intel's PXA250 applications processor to power new Mira-enabled wireless monitors.
Mira is a set of Windows technologies that enables users to wirelessly connect to Windows XP PCs from anywhere in the home via battery operated smart-display devices.
Intel said its XScale technology provides the performance and low-power consumption to process the wireless data interchange between the PC and display, while helping to extend battery life.
The introduction of these wireless monitors means that users will no longer be limited to typing on a PC keyboard in an office in their home; they can use their computer to do whatever they want, wherever they are in their home.
Keith White, senior director of Microsoft's embedded appliance platform group, said: "Mira extends the PC experience to any room in the home and enables a new generation of smart display devices.
"With Intel XScale technology and Microsoft's Mira, device manufacturers will be able to build innovative, smart displays and bring them to market quickly."
The new devices are expected to be demonstrated at technology shows this summer and will go on sale at the end of the year.
Andy Brown, research manager for mobile computing at IDC, said: "Handheld computing devices will be the primary use of XScale, but their very low power is also ideal for networked devices."
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