Embedded software specialist Bsquare has taken over an Adobe Flash technology consulting and distribution business from NEC Corporation of America. As a result of the transaction, Bsquare will license Adobe's Flash Lite software to OEMs building mobile and embedded Windows devices worldwide, it says.
Bsquare says its acquisition includes distribution rights for Adobe Flash Lite ports to Broadcom, Freescale, IBM, Intel, Marvell, NEC, NXP, RMI, and Texas Instruments processors. In addition to providing porting, performance optimization, testing and verification services, Bsquare will feature Flash Lite on its DevKit hardware development platforms for Windows CE.
Version 3 of Flash Lite, released in October, allows mobile devices to playback Adobe's .FLV file format, used by websites such as YouTube and Myspace. It supports video from Adobe Flash Media Server software via Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) streaming, and also from websites that transmit video via progressive download, according to Adobe.
Flash Lite has been marketed to mobile device manufacturers, wireless operators, and content providers not only as a means of video playback, but also for creating games and entire user interfaces. Features cited by Adobe when it announced Flash Lite 3 include: