Microsoft Corp. has named Transmeta Corp. a reference design partner for the next generation of Smart Displays. Microsoft made the Santa Clara, Calif., semiconductor supplier a Smart Displays reference platform partner after OEMs expressed interest in developing for the Transmeta processor architecture.
Smart Displays are wireless, touch screen monitors that allow users to access Microsoft Windows XP-based PCs from remote locations in the home or office. The displays enable convenient, extended access to the information, applications and services of the main PC at distances up to approximately 100 ft. away via an 802.11b wireless connection.
"Smart Displays represent an important evolution in personal computing and Microsoft, Transmeta and many other industry leading companies are backing the proliferation of this emerging category," said Aubrey Edwards, director of marketing, Embedded and Appliance Platform Group of Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash. "Transmeta's energy efficient processors provide a solid platform with high performance and good power management enabling OEMs to build innovative Smart Displays."
Transmeta and Microsoft have collaborated on several projects in recent years. In August 2002, Microsoft certified Transmeta's processors for the Windows CE .NET operating system, giving Transmeta access to mobile and embedded markets. The companies also collaborated on developing Microsoft's Tablet PC platform.