Intel XScale-Based Processors To Be Used in MS’s Mira Wireless Products

Reprinted from an Intel press release:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 12, 2002 — Top makers of smart display devices have selected processors based on the Intel XScale technology to power their new wireless monitors, Intel Corporation announced today. In addition, Intel has developed a reference design to help speed the development of a range of new generation of smart displays powered by Microsoft Corporation’s Mira* technology.

Mira is a new set of Windows* technologies that enables users to wirelessly connect to the Windows XP PC from anywhere in the home via battery-operated smart display devices. The Intel XScale technology provides the performance and low-power consumption to process the wireless data interchange between the PC and display while helping to extend battery life.

The introduction of wireless monitors means users will no longer be limited to typing on a keyboard in a den or office. Instead, consumers can use their computer to listen to music, monitor news and get weather updates while cooking, watching TV or relaxing with friends.

Philips Electronics and Viewsonic Corporation plan to use the Intel PXA250 applications processor to power their Mira-enabled products. In addition, original design manufacturers AboCom and Tatung have selected Intel for their new devices to take advantage of the high performance and low power benefits of the Intel applications processor. These products are planned to be available around the winter holiday 2002 season.

Intel also will make available to Mira device manufacturers an optimized reference design to help speed their product development. As part of the reference design, Intel will provide many of the necessary elements, including Intel StrataFlash memory and Intel wireless LAN technologies to help design teams create innovative Mira products. This first Intel reference design will be focused on the Mira remote mobile monitor with a 10.4-inch, 800 x 600 16-bit per pixel display. Future platforms will deliver technologies for a primary detachable monitor that functions as the primary monitor for the PC and mobile monitor.

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