.NET Micro Framework: Small is Beautiful
Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 1, Number 3

March 2008
.NET Micro Framework v2.5 Unleashed
In late February, the .NET Micro Framework team returned to Nuremburg, Germany to introduce version 2.5 of the .NET Micro Framework at Embedded World 2008. We explored the primary new features of version 2.5, native TCP/IP networking and a Devices Profile for Web Services (DPWS) technology preview, in our last issue—check our newsletter archives if you didn't get it. And download the v2.5 SDK while you're there!

We showed off some prototypes and products from our partners in our Embedded World booth, next to some concepts we put together ourselves. You can read more about these in our first feature article below. Momentum continues to build for the .NET Micro Framework! Other exciting announcements since our last communiqué include:

• Atmel announces a HAL for its AT91SAM9261 and AT91SAM7X512 boards
Device Solutions is the new home of the Meridian processor and Tahoe board
• Adeneo offers an ARM9 port of .NET Micro Framework for free evaluation
• GHI Electronics introduces Embedded Master with USB host and file system
• SJJ Embedded Micro Solutions offers dual-serial EDK Plus board with clock
• Emtrion supports .NET Micro Framework on HiCO.ARM9 single-board computer

We’re already hard at work on the next version of the .NET Micro Framework, which we expect to deliver later this year. We hope to start sharing information about this upcoming release in our next newsletter. Thanks for your continued interest and support!

PS—We just got back from IIC China in Shenzhen and Shanghai. Interest in the .NET Micro Framework among Chinese developers continues to grow, and we look forward to continuing to expand awareness of the .NET Micro Framework in China this year. Pictures here.

Feature Articles
Concepts, Prototypes, and Products
Couldn't make it to Nuremburg for Embedded World 2008? We're bringing our booth to you with this description of concepts, prototypes, and products developed by Microsoft and its partners. Bonus: The latest development kits.

Return of the Massage Chair
This time, it's emulated. See step-by-step how to develop a custom emulator for your device, using the popular .NET Micro Framework-powered massage chair seen at trade shows as an example.
Upcoming Events
ESC Silicon Valley, April 14-18
McEnery Convention Center, San Jose
Microsoft's Jim Mateer and Jeff Lin will lead sessions introducing the .NET Micro Framework and Devices Profile for Web Services (DPWS). Look for our booth in the Windows Embedded Partner Pavilion.

Tech•Ed Developers, June 3-6
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
We're still making plans for Tech•Ed, but you can expect a hands-on lab and cool devices. Check our Events calendar for details as the date approaches.

Community News
Jan Kučera offers an enhanced emulator, GUI font tool, useful classes, and much more on his resource page. Go

Pavel Bánský reveals complete Tetris game developed on the .NET Micro Framework. Read

Team blog article about threading and the dispatcher in the .NET Micro Framework. Read

Michael Schwarz shows how to send a wake-on-lan packet from the .NET Micro Framework. Read

Pavel Bánský explains how to access a camera module using the .NET Micro Framework. Read

Jens Kühner persuades the .NET Micro Framework emulator to help him debug low-level hardware access. Read

(And speaking of Jens, his book is set to be published in April by Apress.)

Visit our newsgroup to join the community and make some news of your own!

More resources
Visit us at MSDN
Download SDK v2.5
Our newsgroup
Our team blog
Windows Embedded

Our next newsletter will be published this summer. (Winter in the southern hemisphere.) Thanks for reading!
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