Freescale Creates Windows Mobile 6 Board Support Package

Freescale Semiconductor announced the availability of a Windows Mobile 6 board support package (BSP) for the popular i.MX31 multimedia applications processor platform. One of the first applications processors based on the ARM11(TM) core to support the Windows Mobile 6 operating system (OS), Freescale’s BSP is designed to provide a simple and efficient migration path for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with devices running previous versions of Windows Mobile.

The i.MX31 Windows Mobile 6 BSP is designed to support Windows Mobile 6 Professional and comes with the requisite components to enable the developer to jump-start their project, including the OS kernel, OS graphical user interface and middleware, i.MX31 processor-specific device drivers, application development system (ADS)-specific device drivers, other OS-specific software, and OS test suites. The BSP contents are designed to include a boot loader, OEM adaptation layer (OAL), device drivers for peripherals on the i.MX31 ADS board, configuration files and build scripts, BSP documentation, release notes, a user manual and sample images.

“Windows Mobile 6 enables mobile device manufacturers to create versatile, advanced smart devices that are easy to deploy and manage,” said Scott Phillips, senior product manager of Mobile and Embedded Devices at Microsoft Corp. “Freescale offers Windows Embedded board-support packages on all i.MX applications processors, and we appreciate their efforts to expand this support to Windows Mobile 6 and the i.MX31.”

The i.MX31 processor’s exceptional balance of high performance at very low power makes the advanced BSP ideal for feature-rich Windows Mobile phones, navigation devices and other handhelds with computationally intensive applications. This allows OEMs to take advantage of the advanced features enabled by Windows Mobile 6, such as a video player, instant messaging, a Web browser, productivity, voice recognition and security, without significant impact on battery life in their devices.

“OEMs and design firms seeking to take advantage of the advanced features in Windows Mobile 6 in their next mobile device can download our i.MX31 board support package today,” said Brad Hale, manager of product management for Freescale’s multimedia applications division. “Freescale works very closely with Microsoft on their Windows Mobile operating systems releases to ensure availability of our BSPs as close to Microsoft’s release date as possible. It is a customer and market imperative.”

The i.MX31 Windows Mobile 6 BSP, as well as the recently announced i.MX31 Windows CE 6.0 BSP, is available for download now at no charge on the Freescale Web site.

Freescale’s i.MX31 Multimedia Applications Processor
The Freescale i.MX31 multimedia applications processor is designed for a broad range of applications such as smartphones, automotive entertainment systems, video and audio media players, mobile gaming consoles and GPS systems, as well as PDAs, ultra portable handheld computers and other wireless mobile devices. The i.MX31 processor is designed to include leading power management, security management, digital rights management, and image processing technology, a formidable combination of features OEMs desire to drive high-performance video, audio and 3D gaming content on wireless mobile devices. The processors are designed with Freescale’s Smart Speed Technology that is designed to enable ultra low power consumption while enabling performance equivalent to processors with much higher clock speeds (MHz).

The i.MX31 multimedia applications processors are commercially shipping in volume and can be ordered through your distributor or direct from Freescale.

About Freescale Semiconductor
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