Microsoft has signed a series of deals which it hopes will establish its Windows CE .Net version 4.2 operating system as a major platform in the emerging IP-based set-top box market.
The software giant said that silicon vendors ATI Technologies, National Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics and VIA Technologies, together with set-top box software vendors iMagicTV and Stellar One, will build products around the latest version of Windows CE.
Microsoft said that set-top box manufacturers CosTron, HUMAX, NEC and Tcom&DTVro are currently building boxes powered by Windows CE .Net.
Due for release in the second quarter of 2003, Microsoft confirmed that version 4.2 will include Windows Media 9 and Internet Explorer 6.0.
Keith White, senior director of marketing at the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft, said in a statement: "IP-based set-top boxes are emerging as a key delivery platform for multiple service operators eager to offer TV and interactive content services to homes around the globe.
"Windows CE .Net 4.2 delivers a robust real-time operating system platform to enable the delivery of high-quality video services and web capabilities."
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago