Symbol Technologies Licenses BSQUARE's SDIO Now! for Rugged Handhelds

11/23/2004 - BSQUARE (Nasdaq: BSQR) announced licensing of their industry standard SDIO Now! technology to Symbol Technologies and other leading smart device manufacturers during the past quarter. The company also announced the availability of their next generation toolkit designed to facilitate integration of SDIO technology into Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded devices as well as to simplify SDIO peripheral driver development.

Symbol is using BSQUARE’s SDIO Now! technology to enable IO expansion capabilities in their ruggedized handheld devices. “Using SDIO technology from BSQUARE will enable Symbol to bring a new level of device interoperability and expansion to our customer base,” said Greg Mora, vice president of product development, Symbol Technologies.

“As a leading provider of smart device solutions, we were happy to work with Symbol and be a part of the innovation that went into designing and creating the MC50 enterprise mobile computer,” said Tracy Rees, executive vice president of sales and marketing, BSQUARE.

Additional new licensees adopting BSQUARE’s SDIO Now! technology for their devices during the recent quarter include Widcomm (Broadcom), Ratoc Systems, EOps Technology, ST, SiRF, and Abocom. BSQUARE also announced the immediate availability of SDIO Now! 2.0, which represents the company’s next step in bringing SDIO technology to mainstream smart device vendors. With this new release, licensees can achieve high performance, plug-and-play interoperability with a wide range of small form factor peripherals and storage devices. SDIO Now 2.0! includes features requested by licensees such as support for the SD Card Association’s SDIO 1.1 specification, the Intel PXA27x processor’s native SDIO controller, substantial performance enhancements, support for Windows CE 5.0 and Microsoft’s next generation Windows Mobile platform, and other capabilities. SDIO Now! 2.0 is available now to all current SDIO Now! licensees.

About SDIO Now!
BSQUARE designed SDIO Now! to enable manufacturers of Microsoft Windows Mobile and Windows Powered devices to interoperate with chipsets, host controllers, and peripherals that are based on the popular Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) standards. The technology provides companies with a common development platform, eliminating the need for vendors to write individual drivers for each device. With a standard driver architecture and APIs, vendors can feel confident that their products will be compatible with various devices regardless of the choice of SD host controller or platform architecture.

BSQUARE is a leading global provider of software, engineering services and consulting for the smart device market. Since 1994, BSQUARE has provided world-class device makers with the building blocks necessary to design, develop, and test innovative products quickly and cost effectively. A sample of BSQUARE customers includes Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, NEC, Sierra Wireless, HTC, Microsoft and others. BSQUARE is one of Microsoft’s largest value-added partners worldwide for Windows Embedded software, a Gold-level Systems Integrator of the year and a leading Windows Mobile solutions provider for Smartphone and Pocket PC. BSQUARE is a Texas Instruments-licensed Independent OMAPTM (Open Multimedia Application Platform) Technology Center. The company’s SDIO Now! technology has been adopted by over 75 top-tier smart device makers. For more information, visit BSQUARE at or call 888-820-4500.

BSQUARE is a registered trademark of BSQUARE Corporation.

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