Las Vegas, Nev. – At its annual Mobile and Embedded DevCon here this week, Microsoft Corp. announced that a beta release of the latest version of its soft real time Windows CE 6.0 RTOS is now available for developer evaluation.
Typically used for a variety of Internet-connected embedded consumer devices such as Internet Protocol (IP) set-top-boxes, Global Positioning System (GPS)-based devices, and industrial automation and medical devices, the new version has a redesigned OS kernel architecture, expanded capacity for simultaneous processes and a newly integrated tool set.
Suzan DelBene, corporate vice president of the Mobile & Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft Corp., said a new plug-in is now available for Visual Studio 2005 to support the updated OS.
The redesigned operating system kernel architecture supports significantly more simultaneously running processes, from 32 up to 32,000 simultaneous processes,
each of which run in a 2GB virtual memory address space.
DelBene said this will allow developers to incorporate larger numbers of
more complex applications into more intelligent devices that offer advanced multimedia and Web services and wireless networking than before.