Ogg gets friendly with embedded processors
C|Net is covering a new version of the Ogg Vorbis player that should make the royalty-free audio format much easier to support in portable audio players. To date, Ogg players have relied on floating point calculations not supported in the embedded processors found in most portable audio devices. This new "Tremor" player doesn't require a floating point unit, making it potentially compatible with a much wider range of hardware.
Coupled with the lack of royalty fees, compatibility with cheaper embedded processors could make Ogg an attractive alternative for manufacturers of portable audio devices. Recent listening tests show that, at least for 64-bit formats that are more appropriate for portable devices with limited storage, Ogg fares quite well against other standards like MP3Pro.