Alchemy Semiconductor Demonstrates Windows CE .NET On 400 MHz, .5 Watt Au1000 SoC
High Performance, Low Power Microprocessor Powers Up Real-Time Embedded Operating System at Microsoft Windows Embedded Developers Conference
LAS VEGAS, NV (DEVCON) --
Alchemy Semiconductor, Inc.™, an Austin-based fabless semiconductor company, announced that it is demonstrating its high performance, low power Au1000 SoC (system-on-a-chip) running a beta version of Microsoft Windows CE .NET at the Microsoft Windows Embedded Developers Conference (DevCon) in Las Vegas November 28-30. The MIPS32-based (NASDAQ: MIPS) Alchemy Au1000 microprocessor will be featured in the demonstration with its new Windows CE Board Support Package (BSP) developed by BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR). The complete BSP is designed to work on the Alchemy Pb1000 hardware reference platform to reduce time to market for embedded designs.
Microsoft Windows CE .NET is the successor to Windows CE 3.0. It is a robust real-time operating system for rapidly building and powering the next-generation of smart mobile devices.
"The Au1000's power and performance combination of 400 MHz while typically burning only one-half watt, and high integration of peripherals, make it ideal for a variety of Windows CE applications," said Alchemy President and CEO Jim Moore. "With the immediate availability of the Au1000, and with the upcoming release of Windows CE .NET, OEMs can jump start their development of next-generation devices such as web pads, PDAs, Internet and media appliances, gateways, and industrial controls."
The integrated peripherals on the Au1000 SoC include:
- 2 10/100 Ethernet controllers
- USB Host and Device
- AC-97 Controller
- 4 UARTs
- 32 GPIOs
- 2 SSI
Designed for maximum performance at very low power, the Au1000 runs up to 500 MHz. Alchemy designed its Au1000 processor for the next generation of networking and remote access equipment, wireless Internet connectivity and wired information appliances.
"We are pleased that Alchemy, by participating in our silicon vendor beta programs, has completed a full development-ready package based on Windows CE.NET," said Keith White, senior director of marketing, Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. "Because of this early development work, Alchemy will enable embedded developers to even more quickly bring to market their high-performing Windows Powered smart devices."
The Alchemy BSP includes boot loader source code, OEM Adaptation Layer, and device drivers with source code for peripherals.
The Windows Embedded Developers Conference is being held at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, and Alchemy will be at Booth 46. The conference is attended by embedded systems hardware and software developers, applications developers, design engineers and development managers.
In addition to its Windows CE .NET demonstration, Alchemy will be introducing and exhibiting its second processor member, the Au1500.
About Alchemy Semiconductor
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1999, Alchemy Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, yet very low power systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for the Internet Edge Device market. These devices include wireless hand-held enterprise PDA, information appliances and remote Internet access products. The company's founding team includes world-renown embedded microprocessor architects, led by former DEC Alpha / StrongARM design team members, allowing for a combination of proven design execution and MIPS performance technology to achieve high performance, low power dissipation and system integration in its Internet Edge Processor. Alchemy's headquarters are at 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 222W, Austin, Texas 78757; or go to www.alchemysemi.com
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