For your information, you might want to check out URL
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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