Microsoft first unveiled their new Sharks Cove Windows Development Board back in April of this year, which has been designed to aid hardware manufacturers to develop and certify their Windows drivers without time-consuming purchases and licensing.
The new windows development boards have been created in partnership with Intel to enable programmers to test Windows applications in the same way that Android or embedded Linux apps can be tested by developers on platform compatible boards.
The new Sharks Cove board are compatible with both Windows and Android and are equipped with an Intel Atom Z3735G 1.33GHz quad-core processor together with integrated graphics supported by 1GB of DDR3 memory and 16GB of flash storage.
The Windows Development Board enables developers to create drivers for parts that connect to System on a Chip (SoC) platforms and allow testing of parts that connect to General Purpose I/O (GPIO) pins and low-power buses like I2C and I2S. Microsoft explains :
“Ever wished you could onboard parts like an accelerometer to Windows? This talk covers how Microsoft partnered with vendors like Intel to create easy onboarding opportunities for your off-SOC hardware. We will show you how you can easily obtain and use these off-the-shelf, low cost systems for Windows development.
We will provide a walk-through of how you can easily get started with Windows hardware development using a board from unboxing, through development and testing your driver. We will include information about hardware availability and will highlight the free development tools and resources that will be made available for building parts and software for Windows.”
For more information on the new Windows Development Board jump over to the Microsoft website for details and tutorial on how to get starter developing using the Sharks Cove board. Check out the video below to learn more about the Sharks Cove board.
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