Microsoft is expected to provide details regarding the availability of Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 1 at its Windows Embedded DevCon conference in Las Vegas. The operating system powers special-purpose computing devices, such as television set-top boxes, retail terminals and slot machines.
Transmeta's TM5800 and TM5500 are the first products certified by Microsoft as compatible with the updated version of Windows XP Embedded, said Dave Ditzel, vice-president of marketing and chief technology officer for Transmeta.
"This is basically a vote of confidence on Microsoft's part and it will let us take Windows XP Embedded into a lot of new areas," Ditzel said.
Embedded device manufacturers would want to use the Crusoe processor in their designs because it can provide the performance of a 1GHz processor into a device too small for a cooling fan, which is required in many notebooks to reduce the heat generated by processors, according to Ditzel.
Transmeta's Crusoe chips were previously certified by Microsoft for Windows CE .net, which is a similar operating system for embedded devices such as personal digital assistants.