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Casio Enterprise PDA Gets System Software Integration Support from BSQUARE; Ruggedized Cassiopeia Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Features Extra Peripherals for Specialized Applications

04/29/05 at 9:01 am EDT

BELLEVUE, Wash., Apr 29, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BSQUARE (Nasdaq:BSQR), a leading provider of smart device solutions, today announced that it was engaged by Casio Computer Co., Ltd., to perform Windows(R) Mobile engineering and testing services for the Ruggedized Casio Cassiopeia Pocket PC 2003. The platform software developed and tested by BSQUARE engineers last fall enabled Casio to successfully deliver the new Ruggedized Pocket PC on schedule. Work was performed by BSQUARE engineers located in both Bellevue, WA, and Taiwan, providing Casio with cost-effective local resources as well as around-the-clock support.

The new Casio Ruggedized Pocket PC device is based on the popular Cassiopeia line of Pocket PCs. Casio needed to update the device design with the Intel(R) PXA270 XScale(TM) microprocessor and Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition operating system. BSQUARE developed a firmware boot loader based on the Bulverde board support package (BSP) with support for Resident Flash Array, ensuring fast boot up of the device. The BSP OAL was modified to support UUID and Multi XIP, both requirements for meeting Pocket PC 2003 certification standards.

To help differentiate the Pocket PC device from competitive products, BSQUARE engineers developed and integrated a series of custom applets that control functions such as CPU speed, screen brightness, programming buttons, and power management. Power Management functionality was modified to support idle, suspend, and other power states. In another phase of the project, device drivers were developed and integrated for a series of peripheral components. BSQUARE also integrated several Casio-supplied end-user applications.

"This new ruggedized version of the Cassiopeia Pocket PC has extra peripheral devices, which required extensive system software integration," said Tsunemi Mochizuki, General Manager of System Projects, Casio. "BSQUARE's software engineering expertise in platform adaptation, power management, and driver development was instrumental in helping us meet a tight product delivery deadline."

"A close working relationship with Microsoft and Intel gives our engineers a deep understanding of newer technologies like the Intel PXA270 microprocessor and 2700G graphics accelerator companion chip -- and how they interact with the Windows Mobile operating system," said Carey Butler, Vice President of Professional Engineering Services, BSQUARE. "This engagement with Casio demonstrates that our engineering services can help Windows Mobile OEMs go from device concept to final product in the shortest possible time."


BSQUARE is a leader with a proven track record in consulting, engineering, licensing, and training for the smart device market. Since 1994, BSQUARE has provided device makers with solutions for designing, developing, and testing innovative products quickly and cost effectively. As one of Microsoft's largest value-added partners worldwide, BSQUARE has unparalleled expertise in Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile software. Current BSQUARE customers include AMD, Casio, Motorola, NEC, Samsung, Sharp, and Texas Instruments.

BSQUARE is a registered trademark of BSQUARE Corporation. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


Elizabeth Rosenbaum, 425-519-5288