Support for Microsoft's Windows CE operating system will gain a boost this week when Intel announces it will port the system to a range of low power 486 chips.
That follows moves last week from both Motorola, with the PowerPC platform, and ARM, to support Microsoft?s fledgling OS, a cut down version of Windows for handheld PC 'companions'.
Although a UK representative said she was ?unaware? of the unannouncement, US reports suggest that the port for the 486SX/GX processors, specifically designed for low power consumption, will be complete by the end of the year.
But although Intel will create a reference design, so far it has chosen no manufacturers to use its devices in CE machines. The move may be designed to eke out last revenue from the 486 family, which is effectively dead as a platform for desktop machines. The price of Intel 486 fab plants is already amortised, so any 486s it sells now are cream on top of the chip cake.
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