Microsoft Windows embedded CE 6.0 R2: Beckhoff Automation helps with introduction

Minneapolis, MN—Microsoft’s new version of the CE operating system, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2, featuring Web Services on Devices (WSD), was announced last month in Yokohama, Japan. A Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner, Beckhoff Automation is a development partner for WSD and the supplier of control equipment for a demonstration of the technology.

12/04/2007


Minneapolis, MN

Microsoft

’s new version of the CE operating system,

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2

, featuring Web Services on Devices (WSD), was announced last month in Yokohama, Japan. A Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner,

Beckhoff Automation

is a development partner for WSD and the supplier of control equipment for a demonstration of the technology.

Microsoft provides a Webcast on the new Microsoft CE operating system, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 . (Beckhoff appears from 10:32– 13:57).


The Beckhoff CX1020 Embedded PC uses the new Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 as the operating system.

Microsoft presented the new version and WSD with Beckhoff using a demo application from home automation, during a presentation that was available worldwide as a live webcast. WSD implements the international standard Device Profile for Web Services (DPWS); the operating system recognizes connected devices automatically via WSD and integrates them into the overall system.

The demo presented WSD in a scenario in which four dimmable lamps and a venetian blind were controlled via a Beckhoff CX1020 Embedded PC with Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 as the operating system. Together with a weather station and proximity sensors, the lamps and the blind were recognized automatically and integrated into the system. The Embedded PC and other devices were integrated via WSD, which was integrated into components through the implementation of profiles based on DPWS. Profiles are available on the CX1020 Embedded PC.

Like USB, WSD is a plug-and-play technology. Consumer devices such as printers, scanners, mobile telephones, organizers, external hard drives, or MP3 players are connected via USB to the PC, which recognizes and operates them. Automatic recognition takes place by means of exchanging the profiles of the devices. In WSD, Microsoft has expanded plug-and-play technology to Ethernet-based devices.

Beckhoff was awarded the status of Gold Partner by Microsoft in the Windows Embedded Partner program. Only three companies in Germany, and a total of 14 in Europe, possess Gold status. A factor in the selection of Beckhoff was its experience in embedded technology, the company said.

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