Microsoft, TI Join on Win CE Development

Windows CE software developers will be able to use Texas Instruments's programmable digital signal processors to write a range of embedded broadband and multimedia software products under an agreement announced today by Microsoft.

As a result of the collaboration, Windows CE developers soon will be able to directly target Texas Instrument's Open Multimedia Application Platform to design programs for advanced wireless Internet access, including future voice, data and video functions such as digital audio, e-commerce and real-time video streaming on wireless handsets, Microsoft said in a release.

The collaboration also is aimed at expanding the development of Internet appliances and embedded solutions among consumers and business users.

Programmable digital signal processor technology is the key to optimal performance at the low power required by mobile Internet and embedded applications. Texas Instrument's digital signal processors now function as the processing engine in more than 60 percent of digital wireless handsets, Microsoft said in the release, quoting Dataquest.

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