Common Questions from Embedded World.

Embedded World was pretty interesting, the last time I attended the event was about four years ago. I spent time on the Microsoft booth talking with people about tools and technology which was excellent, and also managed to grab some time to walk around the show floor - it was good to see so much hardware running on Windows Embedded operating systems!

During the course of the event there were a number of 'common' questions - here's the list:

Q: Are there any JVMs for Windows CE that support running local Java applications and Java content in the Windows CE browser.

A: Yes, there are a number of examples, here's one from bSquare -

Q: Do you have a list of supported BSPs for Windows CE 5.0

A: Yes, here's a link to useful web sites -

Supported Drivers:

Supported Processors:

Supported BSPs:

Q: What are the graphics options for Windows CE ?

A: There are a number of options:

GDI (Win32 for typical application development)

DirectX (D3D etc...) - great for games

OpenGL ES (3rd Party solution) - a port of OpenGL to Windows CE

- Mike

Comments (7)

  1. Yannick Chamming's says:

    Concerning supported drivers, BSPs, …

    Do not forget that the URL provided by Mike concerns only BSP/drivers certified by MS.

    This means that there are also lots of 3rd party solutions existing aside these lists, that are not certified or even known by MS.

    This is probably an important point when comparing support solutions available for WinCE to Linux one.

    Maybe it might be interesting to have a "repository" that (tries to) reference all these solutions, even if they are not certified by MS ?

    smthg similar to

    This would allow showing that BSP/drivers support for wince is not limited to the list available on MS website.

    Mike, what is your opinion about this ?

  2. Dermot Smith says:

    The BSP for CEPC ("included in PB for 3.0, 4.1, 4.2 & 5.0") sounds great for prototyping – it’s just a pity we can’t get a single PC platform to work with it, at least not with a PCI-to-PCMCIA adapter for PCMCIA card use.

    Does *anyone* have a spec for a currently available PC or mainboard that works with the CEPC BSP including PCMCIA I/O (and ideally SDIO) capability?

    Mike – Hope you’re enjoying your time in the UK – sadly I couldn’t make it to your 10th Feb briefing.

  3. Fantastic says:

    Does .Net Compact Framework on WinCE support OPENGL?

  4. mikehall says:

    no, Windows CE doesn’t support OpenGL, there are 3rd party solutions, such as OpenGL ES –

    – Mike

  5. Fantastic says:

    Is OpenGL ES for free? Thanks.

  6. mikehall says:

    I would check with the OpenGL ES provider – link is in the blog post above.

    – Mike

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