MS, Intel in lockstep for CE.Net optimisation

Revitalizing the close relationship between the software giant and the world's largest chip maker, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday gave word that the company would begin working with Intel to optimize Microsoft's Windows CE.Net operating system to take maximum advantage of Intel's new XScale processors here at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).

Intel Corp. released two new XScale chips at IDF based on Intel's Personal Internet Client Architecture for handheld devices and PDAs, the PXA250 and PXA210.

Microsoft will now team up with its long-time hardware collaborator to fine-tune its PDA OS, Windows CE.Net, for the new Intel chips, according to representatives for Microsoft in Redmond, Wash.

For Microsoft, optimization of Windows CE.Net will focus around kernel, compiler, and board support, among other things.

Intel will deliver the tools to its developers to optimize Intel hardware to Windows CE.Net via the Intel DBPXA250 development system, the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP), and through its work with wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, 802.11, and GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile communications/General Packet Radio Service), representatives of both companies said.

Tools made available by Intel to developers, such as Intel IPP, can be used to quickly launch Windows Media Technologies in handheld devices to increase the number of frames per second that can be viewed during a streaming video feed, improving resolution, for example.

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