The gap between Microsoft and Intel on future chip strategy widened today, as the software company announced it will use an AMD controller to support handheld devices running its CE operating system.
Microsoft has ported the Windows CE operating system to AMD?s Elan SC400 microcontroller, making a total of six chips supported. The others include Intel x.86, PowerPC, Hitachi, Mips, Philips and Advanced Risc Machine (ARM) processors.
Microsoft acknowledged the close compatibility between AMD?s family of microcontrollers and the Intel family. Harel Kodesh, general manager of the consumer appliance group at Microsoft US, said: ?We can take advantage of an even larger base of experienced x.86 developers.?
Last week Andrew Lees, director of desktop products at Microsoft UK, said that Windows CE was likely to be embedded in other devices than palmtop computers, such as mobile phones.
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