Brainboxes, the Bluetooth and serial PC add-on specialist, has announced that its range of adapters and converters for Bluetooth wireless technology have been selected by developers at Microsoft Corp. as test hardware for its Windows CE Platform Builder. Brainboxes has worked very closely over the last four years with development teams for Windows XP, Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile to ensure Brainboxes’ wide range of Bluetooth products meet Microsoft’s demanding standards.
Windows CE Platform Builder is a development tool used by embedded developers to design, create, build and debug a Windows CE operating system image. The Brainboxes products have been selected by Microsoft as one of the designated companies to provide Bluetooth products that demonstrate Microsoft’s Bluetooth software solution for Windows CE.
Brainboxes is currently one of the few companies to offer Bluetooth adapters to support the full range of computer interfaces including USB, RS 232 adapter, RS 232 converter CompactFlash, PCMCIA and RS 232 module for Bluetooth embedded applications.
In December of 2002 Brainboxes Bluetooth USB adapter was one of only two products to acquire Microsoft’s WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) which means it met the Designed for Windows XP standard and received the “Designed for Windows” logo.
Microsoft established its “Designed for Windows” logo to help customers identify products that deliver a high-quality computing experience with the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. The “Designed for Windows XP” logo on a product indicates that the product will be stable when running Windows XP; the related software or driver components can be installed or removed easily; and the basic experience with the product and the operating system will be the same or better after upgrading to future versions of Windows.
“Brainboxes’ Bluetooth products can be immediately deployed into a variety of Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile products powered by the Windows CE operating system,” said Todd Brix, group product manager, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. “We are seeing demand increase for Bluetooth solutions as device makers worldwide continue to add wireless personal area network into their designs.”
Eamonn Walsh, managing director of Brainboxes, added, “We are delighted that Microsoft has demonstrated further confidence in our products in selecting them as test devices for Windows CE developers.”
Brainboxes’ range of Bluetooth adapters are available for next day delivery across Europe, North America and the Middle East through the company’s international distribution channel. Further information available on the Brainboxes web site www.brainboxes.com