Atheros Communications today announced that its wireless LAN software has been selected to provide 802.11 connectivity for the Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 operating system.
Atheros' wireless software for its Radio-on-Chip for Mobile solutions has passed Microsoft testing and has received Wi-Fi Alliance certification for 802.11 devices.
Atheros' ROCm family products that support Windows Embedded CE 6.0 include the AR6001GL single-chip 802.11b/g and AR6001XL single-chip 802.11a/b/g WLAN solutions.
Microsoft released the final version of its proprietary antispyware application, Windows Defender. The security tool, which saw its last public beta release in February, is a free download for US customers running Windows and promises to protect PC owners from malicious spyware hacks entering their systems.
At the Broadband World Forum Europe today, Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Cisco, Motorola, Philips, and Tatung to provide new set-top boxes for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), to support high-definition TV, digital video recording, and other advanced features.
Microsoft's official entry into the consumer networking hardware business has been met with mixed reactions from industry watchers. Some say the line of wired and 802.11b wireless routers and network adapters is priced right, and has the advantage of Microsoft's Support organization behind it. Others say it's a ho-hum offering, with little to differentiate it from the slew of established products from Linksys, SMC, D-Link, NETGEAR, and others.