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Dev kit rolls for Vista SideShow, .NET Micro Framework

Posted: 20 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? i.MXS? development kit? Microsoft? Vista?

Freescale Semiconductor has announced a development kit for Microsoft's Windows Vista SideShow platform and .NET Micro Framework, along with user-defined applications. According to Freescale, the new development kit allows OEMs to design products enabled by the SideShow platform, such as laptop external displays, remote controls and USB dongles, which can run certain applications without powering-up the laptop.

Aside from Windows Vista SideShow applications, the development kit also supports other Microsoft .NET Micro Framework applications such as watches, TVs, desk phones, radios, clocks and other small form factor, embedded designs. Leveraging its own i.MXS applications processor based on ARM920T core, Freescale said the development kit speeds design time to quickly bring new applications to market.

The company's portfolio of applications processors currently supports Microsoft Windows CE for various mobile multimedia applications. Adding support of Microsoft's new .NET Micro Framework and Windows Vista SideShow applications allows customers to extend their range of offerings and include PC-enabled applications as well as auxiliary displays via a range of form factors. By leveraging features in Microsoft's recent software offerings, these devices can display information received from a PC based on the Windows Vista OS without requiring the customer to open up, or even power up, the computer.

The development kit features a small form-factor reference board with a 2.5-inch color LCD panel with QVGA resolution. The card includes a high-performance, low-power i.MXS processor, enabling hours of use of a single battery charge. A USB interface and an expansion connector for add-on modules such as Bluetooth or the ZigBee wireless protocol are likewise include, creating a comprehensive development platform for various applications.

"SideShow is a perfect application for the i.MXS applications processor, which has proven to be a cost-effective, high performance solution in a host of mobile applications," said Berardino Baratta, general manager of Freescale's multimedia applications division. "If the market embraces auxiliary displays, SideShow can conceivably begin popping up on servers, home appliances, gauges of every type, automobiles and anywhere else people want immediate access to information. The i.MXS development kit is designed to provide developers and OEMs a superb foundation for rapidly creating these innovative and differentiated solutions leveraging the fastest processor available for SideShow applicationsthe i.MXS processor."

The i.MXS development kit with part number MXSDVK is available now at the suggested resale price of $499.10.

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