Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector yesterday unveiled an optimised version of its next-generation i.MX mobile computing processor designed to support the latest versions of Windows CE.Net.
The Arm-based i.MX, designed for next-generation PDAs, smartphones and personal digital entertainment devices, has been designed to run version 4.2 of Windows CE.Net.
"The combination of the i.MX processors with the Windows CE .Net operating system will enable designers to build innovative, small footprint, smart mobile devices that include support for rich applications, multimedia, and internet connectivity," said Scott Horn, director of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft.
Motorola pointed to manufacturing techniques used in i.MX processors, such as system bus architecture and 'doze' and 'sleep' modes, which reduce power consumption even for advanced wireless and multimedia PDA applications.
The company claims the power management architecture could dramatically extend battery life.
Pete Shinyeda, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Wireless and Broadband Systems Group, said: "The combination of Motorola's hardware and Microsoft's software provides the foundation for new, cutting-edge handheld computing with advanced functionality.
"The pairing of Windows CE.Net 4.2 with i.MX processors brings new levels of flexibility and ease of development to original equipment manufacturers [OEMs]. This allows OEMs to develop smart handheld devices more quickly and at a lower cost."
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