BSQUARE Corp. (Nasdaq: BSQR) recently announced two new OMAP(tm) DevKit hardware development platforms to support TI’s OMAP35x(TM) and OMAP25x(TM) platform. The DevKit OMAP35x and DevKit OMAP2530 each include a production-ready Windows® Embedded CE 6.0 board support package (BSP), and is the only development platform available supporting OMAP(TM) processors running Windows CE. The development platform and BSP will help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) build Windows Embedded CE-powered connected, multimedia, and embedded devices to reduce development costs and get their products to market faster. The BSQUARE DevKit OMAP2530 is available now, and the DevKit OMAP35x will be available later this quarter. Both products will include production-quality Windows CE 6.0 board support packages, technical support, and documentation.
BSQUARE will also offer a 3G version of the DevKit, with pre-integrated Sierra Wireless CDMA and GSM modules (via daughter card), for customers who want to build next-generation connected devices. This platform will drastically reduce development and verification time for these devices, enabling OEMs to bring advanced products to market much faster than they could before.
In addition, BSQUARE has ported the Adobe® Flash® Lite(tm) software to the OMAP35x DevKit. Adobe Flash Lite software is a powerful runtime engine for mobile and embedded devices that enables these devices to faithfully display Flash-enabled Web content. With Flash Lite 3, OEMs will be able to better differentiate their products, providing customers with improved Web browsing, video content, and compelling interactive experiences.
The DevKit OMAP35x is designed with a modular and extensible architecture to increase design flexibility. The DevKits include a separate CPU/PMIC module featuring a TI TWL4030 system-on-chip (SOC). The PMIC, specifically designed for the OMAP35x platform, supports power management, audio and other functions that previously required additional circuitry, enabling developers to reduce the footprint, cost and power consumption of their devices.
The DevKits also support a wide variety of peripheral hardware, including two SDIO/MMC memory card ports (one 4-bit and one 8-bit slot), a 10.4″ TFT LCD display, and expansion headers that can be used for a broad range of other I/O devices.
The physical layout of the DevKits, which includes a large number of easily accessible connection points, gives developers full access to hardware for quick testing and debugging. Additionally, as developers move from the prototype design stage to full-scale development efforts, the development team can use the DevKits to concurrently develop system software and applications, further accelerating time to market.