Cirrus Receives Windows CE .NET 4.2 Certification for Development Board

3/31/2004 - Cirrus Logic Inc. (Nasdaq: CRUS) announced that it has received Microsoft Windows CE .NET 4.2 operating system board support package (BSP) certification for its EDB9312 development platform. The system hardware is based on the new Cirrus Logic EP9312 highly integrated embedded system-on-chip (SOC) processor. Having passed this certification process, customers of Cirrus Logic's EP9312 embedded processor are ensured of fully compliant system software that will accelerate design cycles for next-generation products.

The Cirrus Logic EDB9312 board support package includes the Windows CE .NET 4.2 operating system and on-chip driver support such as Ethernet, IDE, USB and accelerated 2D graphics. The porting and driver development work was performed by the Cirrus Logic system software development team. With the certification from Microsoft Corp., Cirrus Logic customers now have the maximum opportunity to leverage the EP9312's rich set of highly integrated features on a Windows-based platform all at new low-cost price points.

"Microsoft is pleased to announce BSP certification for Cirrus Logic's EDB9312 development platform," said Todd Brix, group product manager of the Embedded Device Group at Microsoft. "The certification will enable customers to rapidly evaluate and build device solutions using Windows CE .NET 4.2 and Cirrus' EP9312 platform."

To ensure that customers receive a true out-of-the-box experience and a positive experience as well the Cirrus Logic EDB9312 board kit includes both the Windows CE .NET 4.2 BSP and an evaluation version of Microsoft's Platform Builder. Cirrus plans to obtain Windows CE .NET certification across its entire family of ARM9-based EP93XX embedded processors, including the recently introduced flagship EP9315 processor and EP9301 processor.

"Cirrus Logic is a system solution provider, not just a chip supplier," said Tom Lee, vice president, Embedded Processor Marketing. "We are now supplying the entire embedded system solution platform, including a highly integrated ARM9-based SOC, a hardware development platform, a comprehensive tool chain and the latest Windows CE operating system."

Obtaining Windows CE .NET 4.2 certification strengthens Cirrus Logic's support for general-purpose and industrial products with highly integrated features from scalable networking to advanced security and interoperability with PCs and other networked devices. These factors make Cirrus Logic's ARM9 family of embedded processors the most versatile, high-performance products in their class.

Windows CE .NET 4.2 combines an advanced real-time operating system with the most powerful tools for rapidly creating the next generation of smart, connected and small footprint devices.

Cirrus Logic Inc.
Cirrus Logic is a premier supplier of high-performance analog, mixed-signal and digital processing solutions for consumer entertainment electronics, automotive entertainment and industrial product applications. Building on its global market leadership in audio ICs and its rich mixed-signal patent portfolio, Cirrus Logic targets audio, video and precision mixed-signal applications in these growing markets. The company operates from headquarters in Austin, Texas, with offices in California, Colorado, Europe, Japan and Asia.

Cirrus Logic and Cirrus are trademarks of Cirrus Logic Inc.

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