Internet Protocol (IP) set-top boxes deliver interactive, personalized video content to a television through an IP connection. To provide secure, high-quality content, a set-top box must be built on a flexible platform that supports industry-standard data transfer and networking protocols. The Microsoft Windows Embedded platforms provide the most complete set of technology, tools, and resources to flexibly deliver secure, standardized, and feature-rich devices to market faster. Windows CE 5.0 is the ideal operating system for mass market set-top boxes, supporting x86, ARM, SH, and MIPS processor architectures to provide a broad range of hardware platform choices. Windows XP Embedded is the ideal operating system for advanced set-top boxes that use an x86-based processor architecture. Componentized features in each operating system enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and service providers to selectively choose needed Windows features and rapidly develop and deploy customized set-top boxes ranging from basic to full-featured designs.
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