How to Bring Up a Hardware Platform by Creating a New BSP (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0
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After you design and develop the standard development board (SDB) or target device you need to create a Windows CE-based device, you must bring up the SDB or target device.

You can bring up an SDB or device two ways:

  • Create a board support package (BSP) from the command line and generate all source, build, .bib, and .reg files needed to build the BSP from the command line.

    When you bring up the SDB or target device by creating a (BSP), you build a Tiny Kernel image. You must complete the device bring-up process before you can add more functionality to the Tiny Kernel image.

    To bring up an SDB or target device, you must develop the hardware platform code necessary to initialize the new run-time image on your SDB or target device.

  • Clone an existing BSP using the Platform Builder IDE.

    For information on how to bring up a device by cloning an existing BSP, see How to Bring Up a Hardware Platform by Cloning an Existing BSP.

If you do not have an SDB and you want to design your own to develop and test your OS design, see Standard Development Board Design.

Hardware Assumption

  • You have tested the hardware and other peripherals on your SDB or target device.

To track your progress in the following table, select the check box next to each step.

 StepTopic
1. Create a BSP.How to Create a Board Support Package
2. Integrate your BSP into the Platform Builder Catalog by creating a BSP definition.

When you integrate your BSP into the Catalog, you can use your BSP when you create projects in Platform Builder.

You can also add device drivers to or remove device drivers from the BSP with minimal coding.

Microsoft recommends that BSP vendors complete this step.

For OEMs, this step is optional.

Creating a New BSP Definition
3. Use the Export Wizard to export your BSP to an .msi file, so that other Platform Builder users can access the BSP.

The Export Wizard packages all BSP files into an .msi file. Other Platform Builder users can then easily import the .msi file into a Platform Builder project.

For more information about the Export Wizard, see Export Wizard Overview.

Microsoft recommends that BSP vendors complete this step.

For OEMs, this step is optional.

Exporting Items from the Catalog

See Also

Developing a Board Support Package | How-to Topics


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