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No. 344, May 1998

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Companies designing Windows CE-based products have a processor option for the forthcoming 2.1 version of MICROSOFT CORP.'s embedded operating system. HITACHI, LTD.'s S7750 embedded RISC (reduced instruction-set computing) processor, the first member of the new SH-4 family, has been verified as compatible with Windows CE. It operates at the rate of 360 million instructions per second yet, despite that speed, the SH7750 features low power consumption.

In an attempt to shorten time to market for system chips and, thereby, quadruple sales of these products by FY 2000, SHARP CORP. tied up with MENTOR GRAPHICS CORP. By combining its integrated circuit design and manufacturing expertise with the Wilsonville, Oregon company's software capabilities, Sharp hopes to cut the time required to design system chips for digital still cameras to two or three months. The key is Mentor software that adds a variety of functions to these parts.

An exchange rate of ¥132=$1.00 was used in this report.
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