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Microsoft boosts embedded tool

Posted: 03 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:common language runtime  .NET Compact Framework  embedded systems 

Microsoft has enhanced its .NET Micro Framework to version 3.0.

The .NET Micro Framework is managed-code common language runtime (CLR) software that runs on low-cost devices too small for the .NET Compact Framework or Windows CE.

The .NET Micro Framework is showcasing this week at the Embedded Systems Conference Boston (Oct. 26-30).

"With version 3.0 release, the .NET Micro Framework adds several major enhancements, enabling developers to be more versatile and flexible in creating powerful embedded systems," said Colin Miller, product unit manager at Microsoft.

The new features include additional connectivity support, such as Wi-Fi integration, USB support, Web services for devices, secure sockets layer and support for a FAT32-compatible file system.

Also included is interoperability with native code that allows direct access to hardware, reducing the minimum footprint to 64 Kb of RAM. There is also a more accessible and easier-to-use porting kit, support for the Analog Devices Blackfin processor family, and ARM Thumb and Thumb-2 instruction sets.

A fully integrated development module provides debugging and emulation capabilities and a more flexible migration path for .NET developers and those with existing native code modules.

Touch and gesture support in version 3.0 enable development of more interactive and capable-device applications.

Separately, Microsoft is showcasing at ESC a Dare to Dream Different Challenge competition for software developers to design and build innovative devices. The winner will share in $50,000 in prizes and other benefits, such as automatic qualification as a .NET Micro Framework business partner and an opportunity to have the winning device featured in a Microsoft marketing campaign.

-Nicolas Mokhoff
EE Times

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