Bell Microproducts and BSQUARE Partner to Provide High-Value Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Software Solutions

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bell Microproducts (Nasdaq:BELM), one of the world’s largest value-added distributors of storage and computing technology, with annual revenues of over $3 billion, and BSQUARE (Nasdaq:BSQR) have partnered to provide Microsoft Windows Embedded Software solutions for Bell Microproducts’ North American OEM design and integration business. BSQUARE, named Microsoft Windows Embedded Systems Integrator of the Year for 2006, will offer consulting and development services and deliver pre-configured server software images to enhance Bell Microproducts’ already comprehensive design and integration capabilities.

Bell Microproducts will add to its suite of service offerings, the BSQUARE XP Jumpstart package in which BSQUARE delivers a Microsoft XP Embedded operating systems software image ready to be integrated into solutions like retail kiosks or and point-of-sale terminals. BSQUARE will also provide the server experts at Bell Microproducts with pre-configured Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Server OS images for use during integration services. Bell Microproducts will offer its OEMs customers turnkey solutions such as Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 running on the Intel® SSR212CC storage server or Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006 running on the Intel® SR1530CL server.

“Our partnership with BSQUARE strengthens our ability to offer custom software solutions, design and integration services to our OEM customers,” said Chuck Kostalnick, Vice-President, OEM Division, Bell Microproducts. “BSQUARE enables us to integrate not only optimized Microsoft Windows Embedded Server software but, as our customers need them, the full line of Microsoft Windows software including Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) and Windows CE. With BSQUARE’s vast engineering resources and dedication to Microsoft solutions, Bell Microproducts has clearly expanded our available service offerings to the OEM customer. We will continue to increase our value-add offerings to support our ongoing goal of differentiating Bell Microproducts as an integration and full solution partner.”

“We look forward to further enabling Bell Microproducts to stand-out as a preferred partner for OEMs by providing our industry leading software development services, licensing, and expertise in Microsoft Windows Embedded,” said Brian Crowley, president and CEO, BSQUARE.

About Bell Microproducts Inc.

Bell Microproducts [NASDAQ:BELM] is an international, value-added distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services, including storage systems, servers, software, computer components and peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional services. An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company is one of the world’s largest storage-centric value-added distributors. In 2006, the company celebrated the sale of its 50 millionth hard disk drive, setting a significant industry milestone.

Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and application expertise to service a broad range of information technology needs. From design to deployment, its products are available at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions. More information can be found in the company’s SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at


BSQUARE is a software solution provider to the global embedded device community. Committed to delivering quality, lowering project risk and time to market, our teams collaborate with smart device makers at any stage in their device development. For more information about BSQUARE, visit

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