BSQUARE Corporation (Nasdaq: BSQR), the leading software solutions provider to the global embedded device community, announced its selection by Microsoft as a Microsoft Auto training partner. As a leading systems integrator currently working with Microsoft’s Automotive Business Unit on the Microsoft Auto platform, BSQUARE will develop multiple levels of training courses for automakers, automotive suppliers and a growing ecosystem of partners developing the future of in-car technology.
“Microsoft is committed to scaling the business through strong partnerships and BSQUARE has demonstrated expertise in working with the Microsoft Auto platform,” said Kunju Kothari, Director of Business Development at Microsoft. “BSQUARE’s presence in this new training program will bring a high standard of embedded and industry specific training to our automotive partners around the world, to provide higher quality solutions and faster time to market.”
“We are pleased to join the Microsoft Auto training partner program to deliver training to OEM customers. BSQUARE has provided training on Windows CE for more than 10 years as well as training and original coursework for developers on Microsoft Auto. Our work with Microsoft uniquely qualifies us to provide automotive customers with the skills and resources they need to develop the next-generation of infotainment and in-vehicle technology solutions,” according to Carey Butler, BSQUARE’s Vice President of Engineering Services.
Currently working with a large U.S. automotive manufacturer, BSQUARE is involved with the automotive industry at all levels including automotive manufacturers, tier one automotive OEMs and after-market infotainment OEMs. It has well-established relationships with a wide range of technology vendors and solution delivery companies including semiconductors, contract manufacturers, navigation, voice, data communications, media, graphic rendering and others.
BSQUARE’s automotive consulting practice encompasses deep technical knowledge of the Microsoft Automotive product platform as an extension of its Windows Embedded expertise. In conjunction with BSQUARE’s training, engineering services and support, this additional technical capability allows OEMs and tier one automotive companies to select, adopt, develop and ship products and solutions that run Microsoft’s automotive products. BSQUARE has developed solutions for Microsoft Auto 3.0 and Windows Automotive 5.0, including a five-day training course for developers getting started with Microsoft Auto 3.0.
BSQUARE’s engineering team, with approximately 200 engineers in global offices, offers extensive experience developing complete in-vehicle infotainment systems for tier one automotive manufacturers including development of board support packages, high-end graphics and user interfaces and Bluetooth drivers. Along with HMI, middleware and system-level software development, BSQUARE offers customized hardware, mechanical design, quality assurance and manufacturing engineering teams. BSQUARE also offers complementary products including Adobe Flash Lite 3 and TestQuest CountDown which can reduce test time on GUI-based automotive infotainment systems by up to 90 percent.
BSQUARE is an industry leader with a proven track record in providing engineering services and production-ready software products for the smart device market. Since 1994, BSQUARE has provided device manufacturers with software solutions for personal navigation devices, point-of-sale terminals, handheld data terminals, smart phones and many other device categories allowing them to get to market more quickly and cost effectively. BSQUARE acquired TestQuest in November 2008. The combination of TestQuest’s testing automation products and BSQUARE’s industry leading software and hardware products and services offer the best of class device development solutions to the embedded and mobile device development community. Now device developers building consumer mobile or vertically targeted embedded devices can rely on the highest quality development expertise from BSQUARE, plus the most feature rich testing automation tools from TestQuest, to accelerate their devices to market while minimizing development costs and errors.