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Windows Embedded Compact 7 now released

Microsoft has announced the official release of their ARM-based embedded OS, Windows Embedded Compact 7, probably better known as Windows CE 7.  Windows CE7 will be the core of Windows Phone 7 (or 8), the current version running a combination of Windows CE 6 and 7 to ensure the product reached market on time.

Windows Embedded Compact is a componentized, real-time operating system used to create a wide range of small footprint enterprise and consumer devices.

New features in Windows Embedded Compact 7

Silverlight for Windows Embedded
The power of Silverlight gives developers and UI designers the tools to rapidly create declarative, multi-touch user interfaces that are powered by the speed of native code. Separation of the UI from the business logic makes it easy to iterate on device and application UIs without affecting core development tasks.

Internet Explorer Embedded
The Internet Explorer browser runs a combination of IE7 and IE8, much like Windows Phone 7, but Integrated Flash 10.1 in browser powers playback of Flash content and Flash content can be run full-screen without browser UI.

Touch, multi-touch and gesture
New multi-touch support adds to existing plug-in engine enabling intuitive, natural input capabilities and gesture-based interactions.

Connection Manager & Windows Device Stage
Connection Manager provides infrastructure technology to manage multiple network transports on the device. Use Windows Device Stage to allow users to easily transfer media and content between devices and PCs. Windows Embedded Compact 7 provides developers with the connectivity support needed to create seamless connections to PCs, servers and online services. Compact 7 offers updated NDIS 6.1, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, Kerberos v5 and USB networking, accelerating the creation of always-connected devices and applications.

Microsoft Office and PDF Viewers
Updated applications render Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe PDF. Includes support for Microsoft Office 97, 2000, 2003, XP & 2007. Also updated AirSync and Microsoft Exchange support.

New Media Player Support
New DLNA and HD support, as well as MTP and media library for simplify media management with new Media Library provide the foundations to create new entertainment experiences.

New Hardware Support
With support for latest ARM v7 architectures as well as X86 and MIPS, increased graphics performance with Open GL ES 2.0 and higher performance with multicore architecture and support for Symmetrical Multi-Processor

Recent Windows Embedded Compact devices include:

  • Barcode and RFID Scanners
  • Personal Navigation GPS devices
  • Digital Picture Frames
  • Set-top boxes, Media Adapters home media servers
  • e-readers
  • Gaming devices
  • Ruggedized Handheld Terminals
  • Home and commercial building automation gateways
  • Industrial Controls
  • Vending Kiosks
  • Mobile Point of Service devices
  • Health Monitoring Devices
  • Remote metering and monitoring devices
  • Thin Clients

It is widely expected the new features of Windows Embedded CE7 such as DLNA and multi-processor support will also come to Windows Phone soon, either as part of Mango or the next iteration of the OS.

Read more about Windows CE 7 at Microsoft here.

The return of the Windows CE tablet





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We have very recently heard directly from Steve Ballmer that Microsoft’s tablet OS will be Windows 7, with the company having no plans for a special tablet OS or even Windows phone 7 on a tablet.

Strange then that today we have seen two reports of tablets supposedly running Windows CE, coming out later this year (possible with Windows CE 7? )

Via Digitimes we hear that Mio Technology, a division of the Mitac Group, will launch a 7-inch Windows CE tablet PC equipped with Wi-Fi and WiMAX in the Taiwan market initially in fourth-quarter 2010. The device is likely to be the Mio Moov, currently running Windows CE 6.0, but hopefully with a Windows CE 7 upgrade when it is released around the same time at the end of the year.

Next we hear via YNet of the Asus EeePad E90 running 1Ghz Tegra 2 with a 1024×600 screen and 16 or 32 GB storage. While its not clear what OS the device runs, it is supposed to have Microsoft Office, suggesting Windows CE again.

If these devices do come out running Windows CE 7.0 it will certainly send a mixed message to both OEMs and consumers about Microsoft’s plans and future intentions.

Do our readers think Microsoft should go with a ARM based tablet OS, or try and bring full and powerful desktop Windows to consumer tablets? Let us know below.

Samsung announced new 1 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9 processor, will Windows Phone 7 benefit?

Technology AdvancesPress Release: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced its new 1GHz ARM® CORTEXTM A9-based dual-core application processor, codenamed Orion, for advanced mobile applications. Device OEM developers now have a powerful dual processor chip platform designed specifically to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power mobile applications including tablets, netbooks and smartphones. Samsung’s new processor will be demonstrated at the seventh annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held here in Taiwan at the Westin Taipei Hotel.

"Consumers are demanding the full web experience without compromise while on the go," said Dojun Rhee, vice president of Marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. "Given this trend, mobile device designers need an application processor platform that delivers superb multimedia performance, fast CPU processing speed, and abundant memory bandwidth. Samsung’s newest dual core application processor chip is designed specifically to fulfill such stringent performance requirements while maintaining long battery life."

Designed using Samsung’s 45 nanometer low-power process technology, Orion features a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores, each comes with a 32KB data cache and a 32KB instruction cache. Samsung also included a 1MB L2 cache to optimize CPU processing performance and provide fast context switching in a multi-tasking environment. In addition, the memory interface and bus architecture of Orion supports data intensive multimedia applications including full HD video playback and high speed 3D action games.
Samsung’s new application processor incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced multimedia features implemented by hardware accelerators, such as video encoder/decoder that supports 30fps video playback and recording at 1080P full HD resolution. Using an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU), the new processors are capable of delivering 5 times the 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.

For design flexibility and system BOM cost reduction, Orion integrates a set of interfaces commonly used in mobile devices to configure various peripheral functionalities. For example, with this processor, customers have the choice to use different types of storage including NAND flash, moviNANDTM, SSD or HDD providing both SATA, and eMMC interfaces. Customers can also choose their appropriate memory options including low power LPDDR2 or DDR3, which is commonly used for high performance. In addition, a global positioning system (GPS) receiver baseband processor is embedded in the processor to seamlessly support location based services (LBS), which is critical in many emerging mobile applications.
Orion features an onboard native triple display controller architecture that compliments multi-tasking operations in a multiple display environment. A mobile device using the Orion processor can simultaneously support two on-device display screens, while driving a third external display such as a TV or a monitor, via an on-chip HDMI 1.3a interface.

Orion is designed to support package-on-package (POP) with memory stacking to reduce the footprint. A derivative of Orion, which is housed in a standalone package with a 0.8mm ball pitch, is also available.
Samsung’s new dual-core application processor, Orion, will be available to select customers in the fourth quarter of 2010 and is scheduled for mass production in the first half of 2011.


While it is always nice to hear about new processor enhancements, the question does remain if Windows phone 7 will be able to take advantage of higher clock speeds and performance, or even if it needs it.  As the OS does not multi-task 3rd party software, the odds of it getting bogged down by a high processor load is much lower.

A question also remains regarding kernel support.  If Windows phone 7 is based on CE 6.0 this would not be the case, as it does not support multiple processors.  Windows CE 7, set to be released soon, does however support multiple processors, and interestingly many features we are seeing pop up in Windows phone 7, such as Wi-Fi positioning, DLNA and of course a Silverlight based UI. As it is we may have to wait for the next generation of Windows Phone to take full advantage of new chip sets.

UI Centric announced tablet user interface for Windows 7, Windows CE 7 OEMs

Leading user interface designers UI Centric today announced details and first images of their upcoming tablet computing interface for Windows 7 devices – codenamed Macallan.

The Macallan user interface (UI) is designed from scratch specifically for tablet/slate form-factor devices. As a purpose built tablet UI it is not an adaptation of a desktop or mobile phone operating system UI. It aims to offer the most intuitive and responsive user experience of any tablet device.

Major benefits over other tablet device user interfaces include:

  • Native multitasking
  • Adobe Flash support
  • USB and memory card support
  • Camera and video chat functionality

Macallan will be available under a licensing model to hardware manufacturers targeting Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 7 Embedded Compact. As a comprehensive "off-the-shelf" solution, it will empower manufacturers to easily and affordably offer a next generation multi-touch user experience. The first device from a major manufacturer’s to run Macallan will debut in Q3 2010 (more details to be available in a future announcement).

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UI Centric specialise in creating attractive and compelling user interfaces for a wide range of applications and industries.

With offices in London, New York and Mexico, their team comprises of graphic designers, software developers, information architects and usability experts. Combining these services they create graphical user interfaces that are visually striking, highly usable and accessible.

UI Centric will be demonstrating a selection of broadcast centric user interfaces at this year’s IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, September 10-14th.


Microsoft, buy this company right now! The main spoiler is that 3rd party apps will not use the same UI paradigm, something which can only be ameliorated if the tools used to create the user interface is released to all developers.

See some more screenshots after the break.

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Windows Embedded gets developer software update service

Embedded devices are usually not designed to get software updates after they are released.  However even before their release it can be difficult for developers creating embedded Windows devices to make sure all the components of their software toolbox are up to date.

Microsoft has now released a new tool that will transparently check for Windows software updates in the background, while still allowing developers to pick and choose updates and not break their installations.

Windows Embedded Developer Update gives developers an easy method to discover, download and install updates without having to root around Microsoft’s website. Windows Embedded Developer Update offers a centralized catalogue of content, so developers have access to the technologies they need. It provides automatic updates by checking the development environment to ensure developers have the most current product revisions and updates, and categorizes the available downloads. Developers can automatically discover new innovations, features, and updates for download and installation.

WEDU is available currently for Windows 7-based Windows Embedded Standard 7, and for the first time a version will soon become available for Windows CE-based Windows Embedded Compact 7.

Visit the MSDN article for more information on Windows Embedded Developer Update.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 demoed on a Freescale tablet.

ARMDevices.net have managed to have a look at a Windows CE 7 based tablet reference design by Freescale I.MX51.  The Freescale rep made a point of the extremely fast cold boot times (on the order of a few seconds) and while it is of note that the base UI seems about the same as Windows CE 6, the full screen app demo shows the graphical prowess of the new XAML based user interface libraries available in the OS.

Read more at ARMDevices.net here.

Texas Instruments announce 1 Ghz ARM SoC processors

TI Sitara 1 Ghz Cortex A8 chips Qualcomm was first at the 1 Ghz mark with its Snapdragon processor, and Apple followed much later with its A4, but now Texas Instruments has joined the party with its own Cortex A8 powered 1 Ghz chipset.

Built on 45 nm, the AM3703 and Open GL graphics-accelerated AM3715 are descendants of TI’s OMAP35x line, and is available in 600, 800 and 1000 Mhz versions.

Aimed at industrial automation, automotive navigation, smart displays, and building automation, TI plans to target smartphones with its dual core Cortex A9 chipset later this year.

"These are the first broadly available 1GHz Cortex-A8 processors, open to business for all customers," said Russell Crane, Sitara marketing manager in a recent press briefing.

With the help of the faster 1GHz clock rate, among other enhancements, the DSP will enable more advanced video processing than available with the OMAP3530, said Crane. The initial AM3715 and AM3703 will support "some version of D1 resolution," he added.

The AM3715 and AM3703 processors are available now for sampling, and are priced at $26 for the AM3715 and $22.50 for the AM3703 in 1,000 unit quantities (1ku), says TI. The TMDXEVM3715 evaluation module (EVM) is available for Linux now for $1,495, and a Windows CE with Windows Embedded Compact 7 support  should be available in the third quarter.

Read much more at WindowsforDevices here.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 gathering support

Windows Embedded Compact 7 on the Asus Eee Pad While we wish Microsoft could throw its full weight behind Windows Embedded Compact 7, it is not stopping others from expressing support for the OS.

ARM holdings, the designers of the mobile instruction set behind the vast majority of mobile ad embedded CPUs have sees Windows Embedded Compact 7 as an endorsement of their hardware strategy, with Microsoft making special effort to support their latest architecture enhancements including as ARMv7, ARMv7 NEONâ„¢ and Symmetrical Multi-Processing.

They note several ARM silicon Partners have already announced their support for the Windows Embedded Compact 7, including Freescale Semiconductor, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments.

Texas Instruments (TI) have in fact already demonstrated a Board Support Package (BSP) running Windows Embedded Compact 7 at Computex, and promise to release support for existing boards running their Cortex A8 processors soon.

Adeneo Embedded also demonstrated a Silverlight-based user interface for Windows Embedded Compact 7 at Computex, which they created in conjunction with Microsoft running on an OMAP35xâ„¢-based tablet device, and are promising design support to other companies.

While Microsoft may have their preferences regarding their ideal tablet OS, it appears that their Compact OS may forge ahead nevertheless.

Via ARMWindowsforDevices.com

What’s new in Windows CE 7

We have always been of the opinion that a picture speaks a thousand words, and a video even more, so above is Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Compact 7 spiel in video form, telling us what’s new with Microsoft’s latest OS.

Clearly aimed at tablets (as can be seen even from the mock device they use to illustrate the technology) the OS has the following features:

Seamless connectivity

Get the technologies you need to seamlessly connect to rich media, online services, Windows PCs, smartphones, and other handheld devices.

Connect and consume rich media

  • Simplify media management with new Media Library
  • Richer media streaming with updated MPEG-4 and HD support
  • Flexible plug-in architecture to support third-party content

Seamless connection to Microsoft Windows 7

  • Simplify device management with integrated Windows Device Stage
  • Synchronize data and media with support for MTP

Connect to Office and personal information

  • Updated Office viewers
  • Updated AirSync and Microsoft Exchange support

Rich user experiences

You’ll have the power to deliver innovative solutions that reinvent the way end users interact with devices.

Extensible rich UI framework

  • Rich, intuitive device user interfaces with Silverlight for Windows Embedded
  • A seamless designer experience with Microsoft Expression Blend
  • Rapidly extend and customize device UI with tighter integration of XAML code generators

Rich desktop browsing

  • Updated Internet Explorer browsing engine with support for latest standards
  • Support for tabs, panning, and zooming
  • Access to rich multimedia content with support for Adobe Flash 10.1

Immersive experiences with natural touch input

  • Build highly interactive devices with support for touch input
  • Multi-touch integrated with browser for mobile device experiences
  • Extend the power of the device with support for custom gestures

A highly reliable platform

Here’s how you can build solutions and devices with tools and technologies that you can trust every step of the way.

Streamlined developer experience with Visual Studio integration

  • Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools to rapidly bring new devices to market
  • Simplify delivery of feature updates with integrated Windows Embedded Developer Update
  • Updated setup experience with minimal user intervention

Take advantage of the latest HW innovations

  • Support for latest ARM v7 architectures
  • Increased graphics performance with Open GL ES 2.0
  • Higher performance with multicore architecture and support for SMP

Increased reliability, higher performance

  • Increased networking performance with latest Windows 7 networking technologies
  • Reliable wireless connectivity and WiFi support
  • Bluetooth support (2.1) with connectivity to latest devices

The OS Community Technology Preview can be downloaded at the moment, with Microsoft expecting RTM by the end of the year. 

Of course what is missing from the above is any concept of a standard user interface and central media and application store, which does make one feel, when having an ecosystem has become increasingly important, in some ways Microsoft is simply repeating the mistakes of Windows Mobile.

Do our readers think Microsoft has gone far enough to create a compelling platform?  Let us know below.

Via Microsoft.com

Windows Embedded Compact 7 officially announced

Internet Explorer on Windows CE7 A bit belatedly, Microsoft finally officially announced their latest embedded OS.  See the press release below.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 1, 2010 — In this day and age, it’s pretty tough to imagine a world without portable electronics such as media players, e-readers, PCs and slates. Imagine your morning commute on a bus or train, workout routine, layover at an airport, or even zoning out without your favorite TV show, album or website keeping you company.

To coincide with Steve Guggenheimer’s keynote at Computex Taipei, Microsoft announced the Windows Embedded Compact 7 public community technology preview (CTP). Windows Embedded Compact 7 is the next generation of Microsoft’s widely used Windows Embedded CE platform, which provides OEMs with the tools and technologies to deliver specialized devices.

With the recent release of Windows Embedded Standard 7, Microsoft brought the power of Windows 7 and Windows Media Center to embedded devices such as set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players and televisions — ushering in the next generation of connected media devices. With the release of Windows Embedded Compact 7, Microsoft Windows Embedded is taking another innovative step forward by bringing the power of Windows 7 across another family of specialized devices, such as slates, portable media players and others.

For consumers, Windows Embedded Compact 7 will provide a fantastic experience, offering the ability to share and manage content across networked devices. In other words, it allows entertainment devices connected to the Internet around your home to share content on the fly. Think about that next time the latest viral video shows up on your favorite streaming website and you want to share it with the family.

You’ll be happy to know Windows Embedded Compact 7 will also come with a powerful update to Microsoft Internet Explorer, including support for Adobe Flash 10.1, a simplified media player with tons of codecs, easy library management, and seamless integration with Windows 7-based PCs.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 will also provide a simplified work experience for enterprise users, including an easier way to connect to corporate e-mail, calendar and contacts through Microsoft Exchange 2010 AirSync or Microsoft Exchange Server support. To make on-the-go life even easier, it also includes Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF viewers to access documents, and Windows 7 Device Stage to transfer files between PCs and portable devices.

New technologies in Windows Embedded Compact 7 will provide developers and designers with powerful tools and a streamlined development experience to build compelling devices quickly and easily, while also providing customized and branded experiences.

Additional features and capabilities of Windows Embedded Compact 7 include the following:

•Rich and connected experiences for consumers. Windows Embedded Compact 7 gives consumers the ability to share and manage content across networked devices with Digital Living Network Alliance, such as new HDTVs, and a new media library.

•Simplified access to information for enterprise users. Windows Embedded Compact 7 makes it easier to connect to corporate e-mail, calendar and contacts over enterprise networks through Microsoft AirSync and Microsoft Exchange, as well as to Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF viewers to access important documents, and to Windows 7 Device Stage to transfer data and media between PCs and devices.

•Resources for hardware manufacturers and developers. Windows Embedded Compact 7 provides resources to help bring high-performing, highly reliable and differentiated specialty devices to market quicker with support for multicore and the latest asset relationship management-based architecture and tools, including Platform Builder, Visual Studio, Expression Blend and Silverlight for Windows Embedded.

This release will continue the momentum of Windows 7 technology impacting the experiences that can be delivered on devices by providing a toolkit for hardware manufacturers and developers that will enable them to quickly bring to market reliable and uniquely rich and branded devices.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 provides new tools and technologies such as Platform Builder, Visual Studio and Expression Blend to ensure OEMs and developers have everything they need to create something incredible. There’s even the ability for developers to use Microsoft Silverlight technology for customized and branded experiences on the device or outside of the browser, as well as support for multicore and the latest ARM-based architecture used extensively in portable consumer electronics.

A series of technical white papers are being released today to help OEMs, partners and the developer community learn the ins and outs of Windows Embedded Compact 7. These resources can be found here.

Interested in the Windows Embedded Compact 7 Public CTP? It’s currently available to the public at http://www.windowsembedded.com/compact7, so go get it! The platform is expected to be released to manufacturing in the fourth quarter of this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for additional details.

Make sure to be a part of the excitement by keeping an eye on the @msftweb Twitter account for more news on Windows Embedded Compact 7.

Another Eee Pad EP101TC hands-on

Netbooknews have published this hands-on video of the Asus Eee Pad EP101TC, Asus’s Windows CE 7 powered tablet, and while it seems in many ways the software is more concept than reality, the supposedly Nvidia Tegra 2 powered device does appear to play video pretty smoothly :) and the design concept appears pretty comprehensive.

Supposedly being sold for around $399 to $499, the device is set for an early 2011 release.

If the device is realized as the video hints at, will any of our readers consider buying it? Let us know below.

Eee Pad EP101TC on video

Engadget had a brief hands-on with the Windows CE 7 powered Eee Pad EP101TC, now revealed to be running on an NVidia Tegra processor.

While Engadget complained the device was buggy and unresponsive, I think unfamiliarity with the user interface (as can be seen from the video) may have been to blame for much of the issues.

See some pictures after the break.

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Asus Eee Pad EP101TC – First Windows CE 7 tablet announced

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Asus has announced two new Eee Pad tablets at Computex Taipei.  The smaller 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC will be superslim at just 12.2mm in thickness and weighs 675g. It will run Windows Embedded Compact 7.

According to Asus Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE 7 previously) provides a complete toolkit with the latest Windows 7 technologies that “create an engaging user experience and delivers connectivity to the Windows world.  It provides a familiar full-features experience across various connected devices and cloud computing services”.

On the Eee Pad EP101TC users will be able to easily access their favourite applications by moving them to the main desktop.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 will support technologies like DNLA and Silverlight and feature a IE 7-based browser.

Via JKontheRun