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Texas Instruments OMAP™ Applications Processor Selected as a Development Platform for Microsoft®'s Windows CE 6 Beta Release

TI's OMAP2420 Processor will be First ARM11-Based Processor Available to Support Windows CE 6 Release for Consumer Electronics Devices

May 10, 2006

LAS VEGAS (May 10, 2006) - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced that Microsoft has selected TI's OMAP2420 applications processor as the first ARM11-based development platform for its Windows CE 6 beta release distributed this week to device makers worldwide. A Board Support Package for TI's OMAP2420 processor will be integrated into the Windows CE 6 Platform Builder toolkit. Device makers that choose this processor can power compelling advances like richer multimedia, 3D graphics and system integration for consumer electronics devices, while reducing power consumption. TI's OMAP2420 processor, which has shipped in millions of devices to date, will be the first ARM11-based solution that supports Windows CE 6, with a roadmap to include future OMAPTM processors. 
The new OMAP2420 platform for Windows CE 6, expected to be available later this year, is ideally suited for richer multimedia and low power applications including portable navigation devices, media players, remote monitoring equipment and gaming devices. This platform showcases the next-generation features and capabilities of the redesigned Microsoft Windows CE 6 kernel on TI's ARM11-based OMAP 2 platform, which will benefit a wide range of device manufacturers designing on the OMAP 2 family of processors. As a result of Microsoft's high level of testing methodology, this platform will give manufacturers a higher-quality, better-performing Windows CE 6 experience on the OMAP2420 processor.
"We're pleased with Microsoft's decision to use the OMAP2420 processor as the first ARM11-based hardware solution for its Windows CE 6 platform launch," said Richard Kerslake, worldwide general manager for TI's OMAP platform. "With this partnership, we've tailored a solution for the broader portable consumer electronics market that leverages the compelling multimedia capabilities of the OMAP 2 platform, including features like low power consumption, rich multimedia, 3D graphics acceleration and system integration."
The OMAP2420 processor is built on TI's OMAP 2 "All-in-One" mobile entertainment architecture, which provides the foundation for mobile device manufacturers to merge today's most compelling high-end consumer electronics in smartphones and other converged portable multimedia devices. These processors enable high-quality digital TV, Hi-Fi music with 3D effects, DVD-quality video, high-end gaming functionality, digital cameras up to 6 megapixels, analog and digital broadcast reception, high-speed wireless connectivity, greater than VGA resolution color LCD displays and more.
In addition to delivering the most advanced multimedia features, the OMAP2420 processor provides enhanced power and performance management through TI's SmartReflexTM solutions. TI's SmartReflex power and performance management technologies incorporate a broad range of intelligent and adaptive hardware and software technologies that dynamically control voltage, frequency and power based on device activity, modes of operation and process and temperature variation. These features save additional power without compromising end performance to run complex multimedia applications. 
"High-performance and power-efficient processing are critical to consumer electronics innovation," said Jonas Hasselberg, Group Product Manager, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division, Microsoft Corp. "The integration of TI's OMAP2420 processor in the Windows CE 6 platform will give our thousands of device maker partners worldwide a powerful processing choice for next-generation portable consumer electronics."
TI's OMAP2420 stand-alone application processor is the first device in the marketplace to leverage the ARM11 micro-architecture and is TI's second generation of OMAP processors to use 90-nanometer technology. The OMAP2420 chip includes an ARM1136JS-F core, a TI programmable audio DSP, a TI imaging and video accelerator (IVA), a 2D/3D graphics accelerator offering up to 2 million polygons per second, integrated camera interface, M-ShieldTM hardware-based security solution and more. The OMAP2420 processor is powering handsets on the market today.