Windows Mobile 7 to support ARMv7 instruction set, Hardware Abstraction Layer

From the CV of a Qualcomm Senior Engineer we hear that Windows Mobile 7 will more closely support the capabilities of today’s latest generation of Qualcomm processors:

January 2008 to Present

Senior Engineer 
Qualcomm, Raleigh, NC
• Enablement and bring up of Windows Mobile 7 (for Smart phones) on chipsets with the scorpion processor, which have ARMv7 architecture.
• Software development on bootloader, kernel OEM abstraction layer, modem interface, and various drivers and features.

The Scorpion chipset is Qualcomm’s version of ARM’s Cortex A8. By being more closely optimised for the chipset the OS runs on it should have greater performance at the same clock rate as the Windows Mobile 6.5, meaning devices like the HTC HD2 will be ven faster once its loaded up with Windows Mobile 7.

Also interesting is the last line of the entry, stating that the engineer was working on a kernel OEM abstraction layer.  As many readers will know, the Windows Mobile kernel does not come with a HAL, meaning it is directly compiled to the hardware it is meant to run on.  With a HAL it makes the Windows Mobile code more portable, meaning it should be easier for Microsoft to provide updates for smartphones in the future.

See the CV here (link removed on request)

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