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Dialog, BSQUARE join hands on mobile ref boards

Posted: 13 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Dialog Semiconductor  BSQUARE  mobile reference boards  partnership  DLGS 

Dialog Semiconductor Plc and BSQUARE have signed a joint technology partnership agreement to develop, market and deliver fully proven mobile applications reference boards for developers and manufacturers of smart phones, personal digital assistants, global positioning systems and other portable applications.

The partnership combines BSQUARE's expertise in developing embedded software solutions and reference designs with Dialog's leading-edge power management and audio integrated SoC technology for wireless products to allow customers to take advantage of opportunities available from the latest generation of mobile applications processors such as Intel's Monahans device.

The first product from the partnership is expected to deliver a fully working reference design in Q4 2006 based on Intel's Monahans processor—Dialog's recently launched DA9034 power management and audio controller chip—and associated WinCE drivers. The most significant benefit to customers of this solution is the high level of integration that dramatically reduces the bill-of-materials (BoM) for the reference design, and the speed with which customers will be able to develop a working design based on the Monahans mobile processor. In addition, customers will be able to get full hardware and software support for their system from a single supplier, the companies said.

"This partnership will strengthen our position in the growing Windows mobile based wireless and hand-held products market. While developers already have access to the individual elements of the system, one of the key challenges to date has been the ability to quickly put together a working system combining all these elements, along with a complete set of WinCE drivers," said Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli.

Pawan Gupta, VP products and marketing for BSQUARE, added, "The key to what we can jointly offer is higher system integration, lower cost and faster time-to-market. Thanks to Dialog's highly integrated power management and audio SoC, we'll be able to significantly reduce the BoM, because we previously had to implement many of the functions that are available on the DA9034 with many discrete components."




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