BSQUARE Launches SDIO Now! V2.2

BSQUARE launched SDIO Now! V2.2 which offers OEMs a cost-effective solution for adding two MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) or Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) cards to converged mobile devices such as smartphones. OEMs can now economically add Wi-Fi capabilities to smartphones and other embedded devices by using an internal SDIO Wi-Fi card while adding a second external expansion slot for high-density memory cards or other SDIO peripherals. According to In-Stat, the market for Wi-Fi enabled mobile PCs, PDAs, and phones will continue to grow at 66.2 CAGR, reaching 226.0 million units shipped in 2008.

SDIO Now! V2.2 enables OEMs to support two MMC/SD/SDIO slots using the single internal host controller available in either the Intel PXA270 Processor or in the TI OMAP 850 processor. By eliminating the need for OEMs to add a second host controller chip to support a second slot, SDIO Now! V2.2 lowers device costs and size.

SDIO Now! continues to offer optimized performance when compared with other Windows CE software stacks. For example, SDIO V2.2 offers Fast Path technology, which boosts system throughput, a critical measure of Wi-Fi performance, by up to 200%.

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