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embedded Spark 2010 Summer Challenge: Building the Kit

  View Full Album     The case is made of Perspex sides.   The parts interlock together.  I put it together in a temporary mode by slotting it together and then applying tape across the edges.  I’ll glue it together later. Note that the back is a thinner side and so the slots are smaller on that side. Board assembly I assembled it as follows: (As in the Image Album above). Peel off protective cover for inside sides.  I left the outside protected for now. Attach the top to the 3 sides other than the back Insert the long nylon screws through the base and place spaces inside on the screws. Place the board on the screws and position on top of the spaces.  Screw on and moderately tighten the nuts. Attach/insert any board additions, or hard drives/CF. You might like to test the board now Attach the bottom to box. The space on the rear side for the lugs around the DB25 and VGA connecto ...

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embedded Spark 2010 Summer Challenge: The Kit

The Kit as supplied to Round 2 participants in the embedded Spark 2010 Summer Challenge: Build a media device using Windows Embedded Standard 2007   View Full Album   The Advantech AIMB-212 Kit View the album in full as above or click on item below. Glossary Image No:  The Kit in container box The kit opened The kit opened.. again The board from front The board from left side The board from the back The board from above and back The board from right side The board from below From Below again (better picture) The board from above The cables Cables again The box to be assembled A nice simple Perspex assembly The power pack and cables Note Car lighter adapter at top Main power lead at bottom The power adapter in middle and Regulated 12v cable (goes to board) Alternative connectors The power pack from front ...

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Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP (Next Version of Windows CE)

Its out of the bag.. See Windows Embedded Compact 7 is available as a trial download under the Public Community Tech Preview program (Public CTP). Also: Download appears to be 8 Gig. ================ It requires Visual Studio 2008 SP1> Note VS 2010 has no support for devices, except Windows Phone 7 Mustn’t have Windows CE (any version) installed.   Platforms Freescale i.MX27  ARMv5 Freescale i.MX31  ARMv6 NEC NE1TB          ARMv6 Multiprocessor (MP) Samsung SMDK6410   ARMv6 Texas Instruments 3530 EVM2    ARMv7 ARMv4i support is not available in this release SH-4 is not supported in this release Virtual CEPC (vCEPC) replaces Device Emulator in this release BSPs · 3DS_iMX27:  ARMv5 · CEPC: x86 ...

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Upgrading my Development PC

About I figured it was time to get some more grunt for embedded development.   Last week I put together an I7 930  system.  To cut a long story short, I built a CE operating system in about 6.5 minutes! System Specs: Intel® Core(TM) i7 CPU  930 @ 2.80 GHz That’s quad core, it hyperthreads as 8 CPUs 6 Gig DDR 3 1333 Ram as 3 x 2 Gig CPU has 3 Memory channels so one each Western Digital 1 Terabyte  Sata 3 Black Hard drive 60 GB/s ?? Link TBA ASUS ENGTS250 1G Video Card NVIdia GPU Asus P6X58D Premium Motherboard This one has USB 3 Also can take 6 Core CPU ..Later No CPU or Video overclocking yet.     .csharp ...

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Windows Embedded Standard 2007 now on MSDN

If you have MSDN Premium (or above) or MSDN Embedded you can now download the non-trial version of WES7 from MSDN Subscriber downloads. Unlike the trial version where the DVDs are downloaded as up to  8 part files (rar) files each, the MSDN version is the DVD ISOs. Trial Version Note the trial version is available from  Runtime images created by the Windows Embedded Standard 7 Evaluation will run for 30 days with no product key and 180 days with a product key. You get a key when you register for download   Reading between the lines, the IBW (32 and 64 bit) are different for trial and full versions whereas the Tookit (ICE) just requires a different key. Terminology ICW: Image Configuration Wizard  (There are 32 bit and a 64 bit versions) It works like a typical OS installer, just that there are more options ICE: Image Co ...

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Intel targets Smartphones with new Atom chips

Ref: It was reported a little while ago that the gulf that divides ARM and x86 is narrowing.  ARM, especially if GPUs are bolted on are increasing in capability.  Intel ATOMs are being scaled down in power and size.  It was at the time suggested that PADs might sit in the middle and be implementable able using both.  It has now been announced that Intel Atoms have been scaled down and can be used in phones. “Intel Corp. rolled out its latest Atom chip set, the 45nm Moorestown platform geared for use in the burgeoning market for smartphones and tablets. The new chip supports three mobile Linux variants, including Google's Android, but observers said the PC giant's next-generation 32nm chip set will compete more effectively for handset design wins.” “The new SoC includes a 512 Kbyte L2 cache. Versions for smartphones run at up to 1.5 GHz, and ones for tablets run at up to 1.9 GHz.” An x86 Phone .. you won’t s ...

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Windows Embedded Standard 7 (RTM) Trial: First Build

  About Yesterday I downloaded the Windows Embedded Standard 7 from: This is the final (trial) version of WES7.  I created a new x86 image which worked OK. It not available yet on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. Download: I had some problems with this.. I downloaded both the x86 and x64 IBWs as well as the Toolkit.  This consists of 3 DVDs ( 2 x IBWs + Toolkit)  but you download as parts that are about 480M each and reconstruct the DVD by running the first file of each.   The x86 IBW downloaded OK, but the last file for the x64 was truncated.  I re-downloaded the last x64 and all worked.  I had bigger problems (many files were truncated for some reason) with the toolset parts but kept re-downloading until I got it all. My Embedded System Source: M350 / Intel D945GSEJT mini-ITX Kit + I/O Riser Includes I ...

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Windows Embedded Standard 7: Media Centre


I got the the WES7 box running as a Media Centre device able to show live digital TV; and record it.


  • The WES7 Box with Windows Media Centre etc.
  • USB AV Labs AVL680HD  Digital Tuner.
  • TV Cable and antennae

Setup & Run

I had to get the audio working on the box first.  I then downloaded the driver from AV Labs and  installed it. It then searched for channels when I ran Media Centre and chose Live TV.  I was then able to run the box as a Digital TV at 1680 x 1050


The system was near its limit with the video throughput.  Once it started recoding,  things slowed or jumped a bit  if I tried to watch something else.t.

Suggested Improvements

  • A higher end compute system
  • A higher end video card
  • An embedded TV tuner.

I can watch and record South Park! though


Now to use API to build a wiz-bang media device.

PInvoke 101

About Lets completely work through a Platform Invoke Example. For simplicity I’ll use a Windows Mobile Emulator, but it would simply apply to an actual Windows Mobile Device/Windows CE device. Context: Visual Studio 2008 with a suitable Windows Mobile or Windows CE Emulator/SDK installed. Using C# for the application and C++ for the native DLL. I have also tried this on  my Windows Mobile 6.53 Phone First Create a new C# Smart Device Project .. Ignore the .NET Version in the first step.  Call it PInvoke.  Choose a suitable Target Platform, Set the .NET CF Version (I selected 2.0), Select Device Application (This creates a Windows Form App) A Windows CE Target might be a suitable choice. Complete the project creation, the Target Form will show. Add a Button and Text Box Double Click on the button add the code: textBox1.Text = DateTime.Now.ToString(); Build and run the ...

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Windows Embedded Standard 7 (RTM) Trial available.

Windows Embedded Compact 7

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Compact 7) getting started series is created to provide simple and easy to follow information to help academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to learn and engage in Compact 7 development.

***This is a series of 9 articles, with additional supplements, that cover the following subjects:

  • Development environment
  • OS design
  • Managed code application
  • Native code application
  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded application
  • SQL Compact database application
  • Debug and remote tools
  • More..

Embedded101 Articles & Application Notes

Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: Using the Wizard
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 8:56:42 AM

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Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: An Example
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 7:28:32 AM

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Apr09Installing CEDriverWiz for Visual Studio
Created by David Jones on 4/9/2013 8:41:27 AM

Install Visual Studio 2012/2008/2005 (depending upon your version of CE/Compact) and all of t...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz V2.00: About this release
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 7:33:39 AM

This brings the wizard in line with our Wrox book: "Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7" . ...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz Version 2.00 User Manual
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 6:40:34 AM

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May15Configure Flash Storage to Launch Compact 7 OS Runtime with DiskPrep
Created by Sam Phung on 5/15/2012 8:41:50 PM

The DiskPrep powertoy is a useful utility to configure different type of flash storage to launch Wi...
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