Developing a Board Support Package (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)


A board support package (BSP) is the common name for all board hardware-specific code. It typically consists of the following:

  • The boot loader
  • The OEM adaptation layer (OAL)
  • Board-specific device drivers

The BSP creation process involves the following tasks:

  • Developing a boot loader
  • Developing an OAL
  • Creating device drivers
  • Modifying run-time image configuration files

If you do not have a BSP, you can create a new one or clone an existing BSP that is designed for similar hardware.

If you have an existing BSP, you can migrate or update it to be fully compatible with the features in Windows Embedded CE 6.0.

Third-party BSPs are also available for different versions of Windows Embedded CE. For more information, see Supported Board Support Packages.

Board Support Package Overview

Provides information about the elements contained in a BSP: boot loader, OAL, device drivers, and run-time image configuration files.

How to Create a Board Support Package

Provides information about creating a board support package, including how to create a boot loader, an OEM adaptation layer, or device drivers, and how to make configuration modifications.

Developing a Boot Loader

Provides an overview about boot loaders and contains links to topics that contain the following: an in-depth overview of a boot loader, the boot loader development process, and a reference section for boot loader programming elements.

Developing an OEM Adaptation Layer

Provides an overview about the OAL and contains links to topics that contain the following: an in-depth overview of the OAL, the OAL development process, and a reference section for the OAL programming elements.

Supported Board Support Packages

Describes, in detail, the BSPs provided in CE 6.0 and the process of building and installing run-time image for each BSP.

Migrating a BSP to Windows Embedded CE 6.0

Provides an overview of BSP migration and links to topics that discuss the BSP migration process.

Standard Development Board Design

Provides an overview about standard development boards (SDBs) and a pointer to the Standard Development Board Specification, which defines the form factors and hardware functionality required to develop and test your hardware platform using Windows CE 3.0 and later.

Developing a Device Driver

Offers an overview of Windows Embedded CE drivers and describes the typical processes used for developing device drivers for a Windows Embedded CE-based device.

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