SOURCE: BSQUARE Corporation

BSQUARE Corporation

May 29, 2013 09:15 ET

Bsquare Announces Availability of Mobile Development Platform Based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor

Developer Tools Gives Early Access to Qualcomm Technologies' Snapdragon 800 Processor With Quad-Core Krait 400 CPUs

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), a leading enabler of smart, connected systems, today announced general availability of its next generation Mobile Development Platform (MDP), which is based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 (8974) processor by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. This MDP will be released in both a tablet and smartphone form factor by Bsquare and is designed to provide application developers and device manufacturers with access to the high-performance Android 4.2 platform for developing, testing, optimizing and showcasing applications and games.

Complete with asynchronous quad-core Krait 400 CPUs, this latest MDP based on Qualcomm Technologies' Snapdragon 800 processor will also include an Adreno™ 330 GPU, Hexagon™ v5 QDSP6 and other advanced multimedia technologies. An essential tool for developers, component suppliers, manufacturers, operators and other industry participants, this MDP features integrated hardware and software, which aids in simplifying and accelerating development efforts. In addition, this MDP will provide users the ability to test and optimize applications and devices prior to commercial device deployment.

The smartphone form factor for this MDP features a 4.3" 720p HD multi-touch display, while the tablet form factor version features an 11.6" 1080p HD multi-touch display. Both of these form factors also feature UltraHD/4K video support via HDMI output and are one of the first mobile development platforms to include both USB 3.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for quick file transfers, and streaming rates up to 1.3Gbps.

"Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors by Qualcomm Technologies are targeted at premium mobile devices," said John Traynor, Senior Vice President of Products and Technology for Bsquare. "It's intriguing to think about the high-quality applications that will be developed on this platform and we at Bsquare are excited to support the cutting-edge Android community working on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Early access, combined with best-in-class engineering support and testing solutions from Bsquare, is an important factor for application and game developers designing for a wide range of commercial devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors."

"The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processers are designed to deliver outstanding overall user experiences, and expand the possibilities of seamless connected computing, while maintaining industry-leading battery life performance," said Tia Cassett, Sr. Director of Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "In addition to developer support given by Bsquare, providing developers with early access to the next generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors through this latest MDP by Bsquare should help facilitate in the development of higher quality applications for Android devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8974 processor."

As with previous generations of MDPs released by Bsquare based on earlier Qualcomm Snapdragon processors by Qualcomm Technologies, Bsquare will support developers and manufacturers with engineering services, technical support and access to the Bsquare Knowledge Base, technical documentation, complimentary tools and MDP software updates. Users of this MDP will also have access to the TestQuest automated testing solutions from Bsquare, which support testing of Android software and hardware including this MDP.

Bsquare will be demonstrating this latest MDP development hardware in the Qualcomm Technologies' booth at AnDevCon in Boston, May 30-31. This MDP will be available for purchase at http://www.bsquare.com/products/snapdragon-based-products-and-services/snapdragon-mobile-development-platforms.

About BSQUARE Corporation
Bsquare, a global leader in embedded solutions, applies experience and expertise on leading platforms to create new connections with customers, new business models and to enable new ways of working and communicating. Bsquare serves customers by forging connections among the partners, people, tools and technology needed to create smart connected devices. For more information, visit www.bsquare.com.

Bsquare is a registered trademark of BSQUARE Corporation. Qualcomm, Adreno, Hexagon and Snapdragon are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. All Qualcomm Incorporated trademarks are used with permission. Other products or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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