MediaQ Joins Palm OS Ready Program
Almost lost in the excitement over the completion of Palm OS 5 yesterday was the announcement that MediaQ has joined the Palm OS Ready Program. MediaQ makes multimedia-oriented processors. Its processors aren't designed to run the entire handheld. Instead, the main processor can hand off graphics intensive tasks to a MediaQ chip, which will handle them more quickly and with less power use than the main processor.
Sony already uses graphic controller chips made by MediaQ in its Clié line, which greatly improve its performance. Now that MediaQ has joined the Palm OS Ready Program, we can expect to see its processors on handhelds from other licensees.
"MediaQ's products, combined with the power, flexibility, and ease of use of the Palm OS platform, will support licensee innovations," said Christy Wyatt, senior director of Worldwide Licensing at PalmSource. "Palm Powered products continue to push the design envelope with leading multimedia capabilities. Our Palm OS Ready partners play an important role in helping licensees bring their products to market more quickly in order to continue to offer customers the very latest technology."
About the Palm OS Ready Program
The Palm OS Ready Program allows chip manufacturers to licence portions of the Palm OS and use them to create a Device Abstraction Layers (DAL) for their own processors. This is sort of a translation layer between the hardware and the operating system. These DALs allow the Palm OS licensees to use chips from whichever manufacturer suits them without having to write a DAL of their own, reducing costs and development time.
Top processor manufacturers are already part of the the Program, including Intel, Motorola and Texas Instruments.
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