There were a number of announcements made at ESC East (and PDC) that might be of interest for both hobbyist and commercial developers.
.NET Micro Framework 3.0
The .NET Micro Framework team announced availability of the .NET Micro Framework 3.0 SDK with a number of new features.
Windows 7 Embedded (codename Quebec)
The current release of Windows Embedded Standard is based on Windows XP Professional SP3, the new release for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 was announced at TechEd US in June, and has released to manufacturing – the evaluation version is available now to download, and the full version should be available towards the end of November.
Windows Embedded Standard- A Look At Some New Features
There are a number of Vista technologies included in the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 release, including Windows Media Player 11, .NET Framework 3.5 (which gives WPF, and WCF support).
At ESC Boston we announced that the next release of Windows Embedded Standard will be based on Windows 7, you can read the press announcement here.
Sparks will Fly competition
You are probably familiar with Spark your Imagination program that gives hobbyists access to full CE 6.0 embedded development tools and Visual Studio for just the cost of hardware.
The SPARK team have now launched a competition so that you, the hobbyist developer can show off your development skills – here’s a link to the “Sparks will Fly” competition page.
The competition is based around the theme of “Home of the future”, a fairly broad theme, which gives you plenty of options for building something cool! – the competition is roughly based on the same rules as the Imagine Cup.
The competition runs in three stages as follows…
The winner of the project will be announced during the keynote at ESC West – the winner will win an additional cash prize of $15,000, and a trip to TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles to show off their project.
Sounds to me like you should get and enter the competition!!! (link to competition)
Tools Updates (always up to date tools)
Building an embedded device typically requires a number of software components/technologies in order to build out a final device – this could require bootloaders, BSPs, specific hardware drivers, and software stacks – many of the core components come from Microsoft through the Windows Embedded CE, or Windows Embedded Standard products, there are also a number of technologies that come from Silicon Vendors, System Integrators, Hardware manufacturers, and many of these components are hard to find/integrate into your embedded design.
At ESC East we demonstrated a technology preview of Windows Embedded '”Update”, an agent application that runs on your development machine that does two things…
I will ask Olivier to record the demo from ESC East and drop that onto the blog, so you can see the agent in action.
Oh, I nearly forgot!!! – At PDC 2008 the Robotics Studio team announced a new product, called the CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 – this contains the CCR/DSS runtime for Windows CE and Desktop (or XPE/WES) systems, and the Visual Programming Language, but without all the Robotics services that you would find in the Robotics Developer Studio 2008. This is really targeted at developers that are building desktop/server/embedded applications that want to take advantages of the concurrency and distribution technologies but aren’t focused on robotics. Go check it out – super cool!