TI Cortex A8-based processor architectures get Windows Embedded CE support from Adeneo Embedded

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 "Unified" Board Support Package (BSP) for Texas Instruments (TI) Cortex(tm)-A8 based processors, covering OMAP(tm)35x, Sitara(tm) AM35x and AM37x, and DaVinci(tm) DM37x processors

Bellevue, WA, USA, and Dardilly, France, October 14th, 2010 ... Adeneo Embedded, the Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner awarded “Windows Embedded Training Partner of the Year” and “Windows Embedded Systems Integrator of the Year” for both 2007, 2008 and 2009 in North America and Europe, announced today the public availability of the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 “Unified” Board Support Package (BSP) for Texas Instruments (TI) Cortex™-A8 based processors, covering OMAP™35x, Sitara™ AM35x and AM37x, and DaVinci™ DM37x processors, developed in direct collaboration with TI.

• The Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 unified BSP is designed to enable efficient development to OEMs developing embedded devices on this platform. The architecture of the BSP is fully compliant with Microsoft PQOAL specifications to provide clear separations between CPU-dependent and board-dependent features, helping OEMs to focus on adapting only the specific portions of code related to their custom design.

• The unified BSP architecture provides full compatibility with all the existing TI Cortex™-A8 processors and ensures original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a smooth transition between the different architectures. Furthermore, it simplifies maintenance and support to OEMs, ensuring reliability and robustness of the reference BSP across 10 different processors.

• This BSP is now fully available as a free source code download on the Adeneo Embedded website (click here to be redirected to appropriate webpage) and will also be available on the TI website later this year. Customers can register on the Adeneo Embedded website to access the source code and exclusive discounts on Adeneo Embedded support, training and engineering services.

Adeneo Embedded and TI are committed to providing strong and reliable solutions for the Windows Embedded CE platform, including Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3, on TI processors. Additionally, Adeneo Embedded operates as a member of the TI developer network, providing training, support and system integration services around Windows Embedded CE on OMAP™ processors, Sitara microprocessors and DaVinci™ video processor architectures, and helping OEMs secure design efficiency using Windows Embedded CE with TI technologies.

"The richness of features provided by the TI AM35x, OMAP35x, AM37x and DM37x processors, combined with the Adeneo Embedded system integration expertise on Windows Embedded CE for Sitara, OMAP and DaVinci product lines is an excellent solution to ensure OEMs’ design success," said Yannick Chammings, chief executive officer, Adeneo Embedded. "Beyond the availability of this new reference solution, OEMs can benefit from the expertise of our international engineering teams through training, consulting or turnkey development. As a participant of the Elite Design House of Texas Instruments, we combine intimate knowledge of TI solutions with expertise in Windows Embedded CE development and system integration to secure smooth and efficient progression of OEMs in their designs.”

“Adeneo Embedded fully capitalizes on low-power, scalable processors provided by the TI OMAP, Sitara and DaVinci solutions to help developers design confidently and efficiently.” said Jake Alamat, director of marketing, ARM® MPU business unit, TI. “By offering expert training and support, Adeneo Embedded is able to provide flexibility and design security to customers.”

“The componentized, real-time Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 operating system enables OEMs of consumer and enterprise devices to differentiate with rich user experiences and streamlined connectivity to the world of Windows-based PCs, servers and online services,” said Kim Chau, senior partner manager for Windows Embedded and Microsoft Corp. “We’re pleased to work with Adeneo Embedded on a board support package for the Texas Instruments Sitara, OMAP and DaVinci Cortex-A8 processor-based micro-controllers to help OEMs drive custom designs that meet the needs of their customers, while reducing time-to-market and other associated costs.”

Unified BSP concept to ensure robustness and adaptability – By applying its 10+ years of experience in reference BSP development, Adeneo Embedded designed in collaboration with TI a “unified BSP” architecture, structuring code to isolate common code from specific portions within the OMAP35x, Sitara AM35x, AM37x and DaVinci DM37x processors. With this approach, Adeneo Embedded worked with TI to secure robustness and adaptability of the BSP by allowing efficient maintenance of the code for both architectures as well as smooth migration between OMAP, Sitara and DaVinci processors.

PQOAL compliance for easy adaptation to custom designs – Due to compliance with Microsoft PQOAL (Production-Quality OEM Adaptation Layer) and PQD (Production Quality Device) specifications, Adeneo Embedded BSPs are a cost-effective way to develop custom solutions on TI chips under the Windows Embedded CE platform with minimal redesign. Only the portions of the BSP handling board features need to be reviewed and redesigned and all code linked to the core CPU can be reused without modifications.

Fully-featured to cover all customer applications – The unified BSP includes the drivers for various peripherals integrated in OMAP35x, AM35x, AM37x and DM37x processors such as advanced power management, wireless communications or hardware accelerate OpenGL/OpenVG and Silverlight support enabling specific targeting of virtually all types of custom solutions.

Strong reliability to warrant the best quality – Adeneo Embedded BSPs are qualified using the Windows Embedded CE Test Kit (CETK) and are designed to fully utilize the advanced features of the EVM kits such as multimedia, power management and communications performance, including rich graphical Silverlight-based demo applications.

About Adeneo Embedded

Adeneo Embedded provides system integration, design, support and training services to companies seeking world-class expertise in embedded solutions using high-performance architectures. For over 10 years, Adeneo Embedded has helped clients, in all stages of development; create profitable, feature-rich products that incorporate software and hardware solutions based on Windows Embedded, Windows Automotive or Windows Mobile operating systems. Close working partnerships with industry-leading silicon and software vendors allow Adeneo Embedded to apply its experience to a wide range of embedded solutions for the automotive, industrial, medical, multi-media, navigation, networking, mobile and wireless markets. Adeneo Embedded has a global sales and support network backed by engineering offices in North America and Europe.

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