BSQUARE Introduces Board Support Package for Alchemy Au1000™ Internet Edge Processor
Windows CE .NET Version of Board Support Package Eases Product Development and Customization of Internet Edge Products
BELLEVUE, WA --
BSQUARE Corporation (Nasdaq: BSQR) today announced a new Windows CE Board Support Package (BSP) for Alchemy Semiconductor's Au1000 Internet Edge Processor based on the MIPS32™ instruction set. The BSP is a pre-configured and pre-tested Microsoft Windows CE .NET (Talisker) software development package that, together with the Alchemy Pb1000 hardware reference platform, enables OEMs to jump-start their embedded designs and thereby significantly reduce their time to market.
The Alchemy Au1000 employs a MIPS32-based system-on-a-chip (SOC) with highly integrated on-chip memory controllers and Internet access peripherals. Designed for maximum performance at very low power, the Au1000 runs up to 500 MHz. Power dissipation is less than a half-watt for the 400 MHz version. Alchemy designed its Au1000 processor targeting next-generation networking and remote access equipment, wireless Internet connectivity devices and wired information appliances. These target market applications include web pads, thin clients, enterprise PDAs, networking/remote access equipment and other embedded products.
BSQUARE's board support package includes source code for a boot loader, OEM Adaptation Layer (OAL), and peripheral device drivers. BSQUARE can also offer OEMs a wide range of other development tools and professional services. In addition, five telephone technical support incidences are included, allowing developers to take advantage of BSQUARE's unique expertise as the industry leading Windows CE system integrator.
"This Windows CE board support package will enable developers to more easily customize Alchemy's Pb1000 reference platform for specific product requirements - and do it in a lot less time," said Scott Bufkin, vice president of professional engineering services for BSQUARE. "Building on Alchemy's expertise in high performance, low power and high integration SOCs and BSQUARE's knowledge of Windows CE, the BSP provides an excellent Windows CE-based solution for device manufacturers seeking an accelerated time to market."
"BSQUARE's many years of embedded system integration experience made them the obvious choice to develop the Windows CE board support package for the Alchemy Au1000," said Jim Moore, president and CEO for Alchemy Semiconductor. "We believe our customers will truly benefit from the high levels of engineering service and support that BSQUARE can deliver."
Microsoft Windows CE .NET is the successor to Windows CE 3.0. It is a robust real-time operating system for rapidly building the next generation of smart mobile devices. Windows CE .NET is used in a broad range of device types including: PDA, Windows Thin Client, Smartphone, Web Pad, Internet Appliance, Set-top-box, Media Appliance, Residential Gateway, Retail Point-of-Sale, and Industrial Controls. Developers can also create devices that seamlessly integrate with existing back-end Windows-based computing environments and the Web - critical factors in enterprise and commercial computing needs.
Pricing and Availability
The Alchemy Au1000 BSP will be available in Q1 2002 with a suggested retail price of $15,000 USD. For more information, contact BSQUARE sales at email@example.com
or call 888-820-4500. The Alchemy Pb1000 hardware evaluation platform is available from Alchemy Semiconductor at a suggested retail price of $4000. For more information, contact Alchemy at www.alchemysemi.com
or call 512-421-6200.
About Alchemy Semiconductor
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1999, Alchemy Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, yet very low power systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for the Internet Edge Device market. These devices include wireless hand-held enterprise PDA, information appliances and remote Internet access products. The company's founding team includes world-renown embedded microprocessor architects, led by former DEC Alpha / StrongARM design team members, allowing for a combination of proven design execution and MIPS performance technology to achieve high performance, low power dissipation and system integration in its Internet Edge Processor. Alchemy's headquarters are at 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 222W, Austin, Texas 78757; or go to www.alchemysemi.com
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