Microsoft launches new standard for Windows in embedded systems

Microsoft announced Windows Embedded Standard, the operating system intended to be the next generation of Microsoft Windows XP Embedded.

06/13/2008


Redmond, WA — Computer software giant Microsoft announced what it characterizes as a new standard in operating systems for embedded system platforms. Called Windows Embedded Standard , the operating system (OS) is intended to be the next generation of Microsoft Windows XP Embedded.
Sandwiched in between Windows Embedded CE and Windows Embedded Enterprise, Windows Embedded Standard features reduced footprint, which can be as small as 40 MB depending on which components the system developer chooses to include. That’s right, when assembling a Windows Embedded Standard distribution to deploy to an application, the system developer can pick and choose from among 12,000 individual components to support just the OS services needed for the application.
Microsoft projects that future computing devices will not be stand alone. They will be on the same network as workstations, laptops, and servers, and the same IT departments will have to manage them for the enterprise. As the new OS is fully Win 32 Application compatibility.
The new OS is part of a strategy announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley held in San Jose, CA, in April. Microsoft’s Windows Embedded [www.windowsembedded.com] division announced that it was changing the names of its three flagship operating systems (OSs) to underscore its commitment to the embedded systems community.
At that time, Microsoft announced that the next generation of its well-known Windows CE OS would be called “Windows Embedded Compact.” That of Windows XP Embedded will be called “Windows Embedded Standard.” Full versions of the Windows desktop OS licensed for embedded systems use would be called “Windows Embedded Enterprise.”
Microsoft said Windows Embedded Compact version is a platform toolkit for power conscious devices with smaller footprints and real time requirements. Windows Embedded Standard delivers the power of Windows desktop OS in a componentized form with embedded enhancements. Windows Embedded Enterprise is for embedded applications needing the full power of Windows desktop OS.
“Componentization is essential for developers building customized embedded devices,” says Mike Hall, software architect for Microsoft Windows Embedded Business, “developers can choose to configure an ideal OS for their embedded application. Windows Embedded Compact, and Standard are highly modular, developers can choose the parts of the operating system needed for their specific embedded design.”
Developers can use those packages as starting platforms to jump-start their application. They then add or remove modules to optimize the final OS.
– Edited by  C.G. Masi , senior editor
Control Engineering
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .





The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me