Texas Instruments demonstrates Windows Embedded Compact 7 board support package, unleashing full performance capabilities of ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A8 devices

BSP enables rich experience for low-power, portable devices, perfect for point-of-service, industrial and consumer user interfaces

Jun 03, 2010, 08:00 ET from Texas Instruments Incorporated

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Showcased in a product demonstration today at the Computex exhibition, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) featured Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7, the next generation of Microsoft's widely used Windows Embedded CE platform for hardware manufacturers of specialized devices. Windows Embedded Compact 7 delivers a toolkit for hardware manufacturers and developers to bring high performing, reliable and differentiated specialized devices to market quicker with support for multi-core and the latest ARM®-based architecture, including TI's Sitara™ platform of ARM Cortex™A8 devices for point-of-service, industrial human machine interfaces (HMI) and consumer user interfaces.

"We are happy to use Windows Embedded Compact 7 to help increase the performance of our Cortex-A8 devices and make design easier for the engineering community," said Russell Crane, Sitara marketing manager, TI. "TI has been offering free Windows Embedded CE BSPs for our OMAP™ and Sitara processors, and we're now looking forward to adding Windows Embedded Compact 7, the next generation of the Windows Embedded CE platform into our product portfolio."

Windows Embedded Compact 7 aids multi-tasking and provides an immersive Web browsing experience with support for Adobe Flash 10.1 within Internet Explorer. Developers can connect anytime, anywhere to a Windows PC or the Web, easily synching data files, as well as accessing rich media with quick downloads and viewing of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) media content www.ti.com/bspcompact7-prhome.

"Windows Embedded Compact 7 delivers the power of Windows 7 technologies to help equip manufacturers and developers with a comprehensive toolkit for the next generation of slates, portable media players and other specialized devices," said Kim Chau, senior partner manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft Corp. "We're excited to work with TI and our ecosystem globally to drive rich, immersive user experiences and streamlined connectivity through Windows Embedded Compact 7 support for Adobe Flash 10.1, ARM and multi-core architecture and Silverlight."

Windows Embedded Compact 7 key features and benefits:

Key Feature


Silverlight on Windows Embedded UI platform

Allows creation of graphically rich user experiences

Full support for Adobe® Flash 10.1

Enables complete Internet browsing experience

Visual Studio 2008

Streamlines developer experience and increases productivity

Support for high-performance graphics acceleration via Open GLES 2.0

Increases performance with hardware acceleration using plug-in architecture

View the TI and Windows Embedded Compact 7 at Computex

Stop by booth L108 at Nangang Exhibition Hall at Computex and view the TI and Windows Embedded Compact 7 product demonstration on June 3-5.


The Windows Embedded Compact 7 global technology preview is available now for developers at www.windowsembedded.com/compact7. The platform is expected to be released to manufacturing in the fourth quarter of this year.

To begin your Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 development with TI today, please visit www.ti.com/wince6r3-prhome.

Find out more about TI's board support package for Windows Embedded Compact 7 by visiting www.ti.com/bspcompact7-prhome.

About Texas Instruments

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