Microsoft Corp. has released a beta developer kit for the Microsoft® .NET Micro Framework, a new development platform for use with devices that are typically constrained by cost, memory, processor and/or power consumption. Announced at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, the .NET Micro Framework broad beta extends the advantages of .NET and the Visual Studio® toolset into a class of the smallest of devices.
“The .NET Micro Framework is a natural extension of Microsoft’s embedded offerings and provides a compelling, easy-to-use solution for developers,” said Colin Miller, director of the .NET Micro Framework at Microsoft. “We have utilized this platform with several projects at Microsoft and are excited to provide this kit to developers so they can use Microsoft tools to extend their skills to a set of smaller devices.”
The managed code environment and Visual Studio integration helps increase efficiency and reliability in the embedded space as well as providing PC emulation capabilities and on-device debugging within the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment. User interface development is supported with Windows® Presentation Foundation.
Microsoft Unveils .NET Micro Framework Partners
Key partners, including Digi International Inc., EmbeddedFusion, Freescale Inc., SJJ Embedded Micro Solutions LLC, ControlThink LC and Winbond Electronics Corp., are working with Microsoft to release the first commercial products outside Microsoft in the coming months.
Colin Miller will speak at the Embedded Systems Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 27, to discuss uses for the .NET Micro Framework and will provide case studies on how partners are using the platform. The .NET Micro Framework will be in booth 1032 at the show.
About .NET Micro Framework
The .NET Micro Framework grew out of the Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) initiative at Microsoft. This framework is a natural extension of Microsoft’s offerings for creating embedded systems and provides an easy-to-use solution for this type of development. Though it is used on very small devices, the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework provides a managed code environment that brings a strong degree of efficiency and reliability to the realm of embedded software development. More information can be found at http://www.aboutnetmf.com.
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