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Atmel offers free MS Windows embedded BSPs

Posted: 21 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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Atmel Corp. has announced Microsoft Windows Embedded Board Support Packages (BSPs) for its AT91SAM9 ARM926EJ-S-based embedded MPUs. The Windows Embedded CE 5.0 BSP and the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 BSP, initially developed by Adeneo Embedded and now supported by Atmel, are available for free at, subject only to the user accepting on-line a Limited License Agreement.

A BSP is a set of software that implements and supports an operating system on a development board. It consists of a boot loader, adaptation layer for the specific hardware architecture, device drivers, and run-time image configuration files. It greatly simplifies application development on the target device, by creating a hardware-independent interface for use by the application code. It also enables application code to be rapidly ported from one hardware platform to another.

The site also provides, in addition to download facilities for the BSPs sources, an extensive set of documents, including a ready-to-run demonstration, explaining how to use and customise the sources and how to build up applications by using the BSPs. These provide the tools that customers need to work on Atmel's ARM9-based products with Microsoft's embedded technologies.

The first five supported products are the AT91RM9200, AT91SAM9260, AT91SAM9261, AT92SAM9263 and AT91SAM9G20 embedded MCUs. The BSP for the AT91SAM9RL64 will be added within the coming months, and will be followed by the BSPs for the next devices in the AT91SAM9 product family as they become available.

Adeneo and Atmel are offering Windows Embedded training programs initially in the United States and in Europe. The four day in depth technical hands-on training courses are intended to provide an introduction to the Windows CE development environment. Adeneo trainers are Microsoft certified. In addition, Adeneo is a Windows Embedded Gold level partner. By the end of the course, attendees will have a solid development foundation upon which to optimise their own systems. Each attendee will also leave the course with a complimentary AT91SAM evaluation kit.

To complement Atmel's front-line support, Adeneo Embedded provides enhanced versions of these BSPs including additional features and complete support and maintenance, and continues to provide added-value services for embedded systems development based on Windows Embedded and the AT91SAM9 products.

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