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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Dirk Craeynest <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 00:06:24 +0200
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Fellow Teamers,

For your information, you might want to check out URL,3440,2114861,00.html

i.e. a news item entitled:

  Cell-phone makers pick an OS; Microsoft spurned
  By Andrew Orlowski, ZDNet (UK)
  June 24, 1998 11:14 AM PT

It covers several subjects/items that have been mentioned in Team-Ada
circles, such as how Ada on Windows CE would be 'nice to have' for the
growing market of small embedded systems, and the ARM processor.

Wasn't Intermetrics targeting their Ada 95 technology to that processor?

A few excerpts:

  LONDON -- In a deal that could match Microsoft Corp.'s appointment as
  IBM's PC operating system supplier in 1981, the leading digital
  handset manufacturers Wednesday pledged their support for Psion's EPOC
  as a single common operating system for smart phones and digital

  Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola agreed to share their development
  resources with Psion in a new company, Symbian.
  "EPOC has three key ingredients, but most importantly it's an
  uncompromised platform," said Pekka Ala Pietilš, president of Nokia
  Mobile Phones. An Ericsson official agreed that proprietary operating
  systems alarmed the telecom industry, and they did not want a single
  vendor in control of the operating system.
  The deal comes as a bitter blow to Microsoft [...], which has
  been offering its CE operating system to handset manufacturers for
  several months without success.

  "EPOC has been refined for 10 years to fit small devices and offers us
  very good performance," said Anders Waesterlid, director of software
  development and strategies at Ericsson. "To adopt CE means several
  technical compromises in these areas."
  Part of the group's enthusiasm for the software was fueled by its
  natural fit with the ARM processor, according to sources. The
  operating system was developed on the ARM reference platform using the
  GNU tools. ARM is a processor that's designed to run in small devices
  with low-power requirements.
  International Data Corp. estimates that the handset market, currently
  at around 200 million units, will grow to 600 million units in 2002,
  with wireless data devices making up 10-15 percent of this market.

See the URL for the full article.

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