5/22/2003 - BSQUARE (Nasdaq: :BSQR), a leading provider of software and technology powering smart devices, announced that Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (MEW) is one of the newest companies to join the SDIO Now! membership program. Using SDIO Now! software tools and related technology to speed the device development process, MEW will release a new SDIO Card Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver for MicrosoftTM Pocket PC handhelds.
BSQUARE's SDIO Now! program helps manufacturers of chipsets, portable devices, card host controllers, and peripherals support the popular SD and SDIO standards on Microsoft Pocket PC, Smartphone, WindowsTM CE, and Windows CE .NET devices. Through the SDIO Now! program, MEW gained access to BSQUARE's SD Peripheral Device Driver Development Kit (DDK). The DDK helped MEW develop device drivers on standard development/debug platforms.
"We decided to join the SDIO Now! program to speed the device driver development and to leverage market-proven SD/SDIO solutions," said Takahide Noguchi, Manager of Matsushita Electric Works. "SDIO Now! gave us a common development platform that eliminated the need to write individual drivers for each handheld platform."
"No company needs to waste their resources and valuable time developing a complete SD/SDIO Card architecture when they can become a member of SDIO Now! and utilize our industry-leading technology," said Bill Baxter, CEO of BSQUARE. "Peripheral products like the new SDIO Card GPS receiver from Matsushita Electric Works should bring valuable functionality to Pocket PC handhelds, helping expand the overall size of the market for smart devices."
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BSQUARE accelerates the development, deployment, and management of next-generation smart devices and applications. For nearly a decade, BSQUARE has provided more than 150 world-class manufacturers, integrators, and service providers with the building blocks necessary to design, develop, and test innovative products quickly and cost effectively. The company's suite of products and services includes Device Development Solutions, Wireless Solutions, and Custom Engineering Services. BSQUARE offers its customers deep expertise in the latest hardware and software, providing critical engineering services that have resulted in the successful launch of hundreds of new products and applications. For more information, visit BSQUARE at www.BSQUARE.com or call (888) 820-4500.
About Matsushita Electric Works
Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (Kadoma-shi, Osaka, President: Kazushige Nishida) is comprised of five divisions operating in the domains of electrical construction materials, home appliances, building products, electronic and plastic materials and automation controls. In each of these areas, MEW conducts research and development, manufacturing, sales, product design and installation, and servicing. MEW entered the GPS market in 1990, manufacturing and marketing GPS antennas. In 2000 MEW expanded its investment in the GPS market with the development and introduction of several high sensitivity GPS products. MEW markets its GPS products globally through the company's worldwide sales channels.
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