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LinuxLink Alert – February 4, 2015

Timesys Embedded Linux Updates

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LinuxLink Product Announcements

Embedded Linux Training and How To Tips

Timesys Calendar of Industry Events

The following items were recently added to LinuxLink. Note that some content might require a LinuxLink user account for access.

  LinuxLink Product Announcements

Timesys’ Customized Training Features Popular Topics Including Yocto Project Build System, Qt/UI Development and More  Timesys’ Customized Training Features Popular Topics Including Yocto Project Build System, Qt / UI Development and More

Whether you and your team are looking to develop your embedded Linux development skill set or want to keep up-to-date with new technologies and best practices, Timesys can help.

Are you new to the Yocto Project build system? Getting Started with the Yocto Project Build System will introduce you to the Yocto Project build process, including Poky (the build engine), Yocto Project BSPs and help you understand the concept of “layers.” Does your project require a complex UI? Then you’ll want to check out our course titled, Developing Complex UI based Applications with Qt. The course focuses on the use of Qt for creating state-of-the-art user interfaces and the methods and tools used for application development including debug, test, performance optimization and system deployment.

This is just a preview of topics we cover. We offer customized training that is tailored to the specific requirements of you and your team, and we have topics to help you with every phase of your embedded Linux development. Our trainings are a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises that enable you to immediately apply what you learn to actual development. In addition, we offer the convenience of on-line or on-location training — so you can select a time that works for your team and with your project schedule.

For more information on Timesys’ embedded Linux training offering, please fill out our online form, contact us or call us at 1.866.392.4897 (toll-free) or +1.412.232.3250.

View the customized training courses offered by Timesys View all the customized training courses offered by Timesys.

Learn more about Timesys' embedded Linux training Learn more about other Timesys’ training, including our popular “Embedded Linux Jump Start” program.


Timesys Support for Freescale i.MX 6 Series Applications Processor Expanded to Include Boundary Devices Nitrogen6_MAX  Timesys Support for Freescale i.MX 6 Series Applications Processor Expanded to Include Boundary Devices Nitrogen6_MAX

Timesys has expanded its LinuxLink offering for the popular Freescale i.MX 6 Series processor to include support for the Boundary Devices Nitrogen6_MAX. This latest offering expands the already supported Boundary Devices boards which include the Nitrogen6X, Nitrogen6 Solo, Nitrogen6 Dual Lite and BD-SL-i.MX6 built to Freescale® SABRE Lite design.

Featuring a Quad-Core i.MX 6 ARM® Cortex A9 processor, the Nitrogen6_MAX single board computer features high-end performance, making it ideal for consumer, automotive and industrial multimedia applications. With support for Linux kernel version 3.10, the following are enabled:

 

Timesys embedded Linux solutions for Boundary Devices Nitrogen6_MAX
Boundary Devices Nitrogen6_MAX

  • Audio
  • Bluetooth
  • CSI Camera
  • Ethernet
  • GPU Vivante
  • I2C
  • IPU
  • LCD Connector
  • MIPI Camera
  • PWM Backlight
  • RS485
  • RTC
  • SATA
  • SD/MMC
  • USB Host
  • USB OTG
  • Uart Driver
  • VPU
  • Watchdog Timer
  • Weston/Wayland
  • Wireless Networking
  • eMMC
  • HDMI
  • mPCIe

LinuxLink for Nitrogen6_MAX enables developers to leverage the high-performance multimedia processing power of the i.MX 6 series processor. LinuxLink users can customize their feature-rich application by choosing from the hundreds of packages/middleware offered through the award-winning LinuxLink Factory cloud-based and desktop-hosted build tools which facilitate the process of building and integrating a custom Linux platform. Using the LinuxLink web UI, developers can quickly and easily build a custom BSP and matching SDK for their Nitrogen6_MAX platform.

For developers/teams requiring access to expert engineering support, Timesys offers project-based support. Engaging with Timesys for support gives you access to help at any phase of your product development — whether you’re using the Timesys Factory or Yocto Project build system. In addition, developers engaging with Timesys for project-based support get access to LinuxLink desktop tools which enable maximum flexibility and customization of the platform and application.

Learn more about LinuxLink for Nitrogen6_MAX and other Boundary Devices i.MX 6 processor based platforms. Learn more about LinuxLink for Nitrogen6_MAX and other Boundary Devices i.MX 6 processor based platforms.

Build a custom BSP / SDK for your Freescale i.MX 6 processor-based Boundary Devices platform. Build a custom BSP / SDK for your Freescale i.MX 6 processor-based Boundary Devices platform.

NOTE: Existing users, please visit https://linuxlink.timesys.com/register/factory to add the Boundary Devices Nitrogen6_MAX platform to your account.


Timesys Releases Embedded Linux Solutions for Renesas RZ/A Series Microprocessors (MPU)  Timesys Releases Embedded Linux Support for Renesas RZ/A Series Microprocessors (MPU)

Timesys has released its award-winning LinuxLink suite of tools and professional support for Renesas Electronics RZ/A Series microprocessors (MPU), beginning with the RZ/A1 development kit (RSK).

The Renesas RZ/A1 is a high performance, low power, high capacity RAM ARM-based MPU targeting industrial automation, medical and consumer electronics markets. The combination of the innovative RZ/A1 RSK and Timesys’ embedded Linux solutions provide developers with cost-effective options for getting embedded devices to market on time and on budget.

 

Timesys embedded Linux solutions for Renesas RZ/A1H
Renesas RZ/A1 RSK

Developers can leverage Timesys’ free LinuxLink tools to design smart devices around the RZ/A1 MPU and RSK. They can easily build a custom board support package and matching software development kit (BSP / SDK) using Timesys’ LinuxLink cloud-based build environment. Among the BSP options for developers will be XIP (eXecute-In-Place) Linux support for the RZ/A1 to optimize the bill of materials (BoM) cost for RZ/A1-based devices.

With support for Linux kernel version 3.14, the following device drivers are enabled:

  • ADC
  • Audio
  • Clocks
  • DSPI
  • Display
  • Ethernet
  • I2C
  • JPEG UIO Testing
  • MMC
  • NOR Flash
  • PWM
  • Pin Muxing/GPIO
  • QSPI
  • RSPI
  • RTC
  • SDIO/SDHI
  • Serial
  • Touchscreen
  • USB Gadget
  • USB Host

In addition to free LinuxLink tools, Timesys’ embedded Linux solutions include TimeStorm, an Eclipse-based IDE for application development that automates environment setup and kernel configuration and integrates various open source tools such as the OProfile, LTTng, and development frameworks such as Qt for the design and development of complex UIs for connected devices.

If you’re looking to minimize risk and schedule delays, Timesys offers project-based commercial support, giving you access to expert help at any phase of your product development. Customers purchasing support contracts get access to LinuxLink desktop tools, enabling them to build a full-featured, fully customized embedded Linux platform and application. Timesys also offers professional services for engineering teams faced with a tight deadline or needing additional engineering resources and customized training for those wanting to quickly adopt embedded Linux or stay abreast of new developments and best practices.

Visit the LinuxLink Embedded Linux Development Center for Renesas RZ/A Series MPU Based Platforms Visit the LinuxLink Embedded Linux Development Center for Renesas RZ/A Series MPU Based Platforms.

Build a custom BSP / SDK for your Renesas RZ/A1 based platform Build a custom BSP / SDK for your Renesas RZ/A1 based platform.

NOTE: Existing users, please visit https://linuxlink.timesys.com/register/factory to add a Renesas RZ/A1 based platform to add to your account.


element14 Expands Offering: Announces Addition of Timesys’ Embedded Linux Solutions  element14 to Distribute Timesys’ Embedded Linux Solutions

element14, a leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair across Asia Pacific, has added Timesys to its global supply chain. The company has announced the availability of Timesys’ embedded Linux software development tools and support.

The partnership provides element14 customers with a complete solution for building embedded Linux based devices, enabling developers to bring their custom embedded Linux products to market faster and more cost effectively. element14 customers will benefit from having convenient access to Timesys embedded solutions, which include:

 

element14 Community

  • LinuxLink — A free and open suite of tools for embedded Linux platform development that features an award-winning innovative build system and pre-tested software; LinuxLink features both a cloud-based and a desktop build environment.
  • TimeStorm — An Eclipse based IDE with a wide array of powerful tools integrating into a single embedded Linux power-user environment; TimeStorm helps to simplify and speed up the code, edit, debug cycle of application development.
  • Commercial Support — Project-based embedded Linux support that covers developers throughout all phases of development; Includes support for BSP, SDK and application development as well as support for runtime issues and help with using the LinuxLink development framework.

In addition, Timesys’ embedded Linux solutions support both Timesys’ LinuxLink / Factory and the Yocto Project build systems. Developers can find Timesys’ embedded Linux software development tools and support services featured in the element14 Community.

Learn more about Timesys’ LinuxLink free suite of tools for platform development Learn more about Timesys’ embedded Linux solutions, including LinuxLink — a free suite of tools for platform development.
View the broad range of processors and development boards supported by Timesys View the broad range of processors and development boards supported by Timesys.


Timesys embedded Linux  Middleware / Package Additions and Updates in the Factory

The following is a sampling of middleware / packages that have been recently added to the Timesys Factory:

Package:
Version:
Category:
License:
Upstream URL:
Description:

 

cryptopp
5.6.2-1
Utilities
Boost
http://www.cryptopp.com
Crypto++ Library is a free C++ class library of cryptographic schemes.

Package:
Version:
Category:
License:
Upstream URL:
Description:

 

libbitmask
2.0-ts1-1
Utilities
GPLv2.1
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/cpusets/
This Bitmask library supports multi-word bitmask operations for applications programmed in C. It works in conjunction with recent Linux kernel support for processor and memory placement on multiprocessor SMP and NUMA systems. The cpuset library, being developed in parallel, depends on this bitmask library.

Package:
Version:
Category:
License:
Upstream URL:
Description:

 

ruby
2.1.2
Runtimes
BSD
https://www.ruby-lang.org/
Ruby is the interpreted scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming. It has many features to process text files and to do system management tasks (as in Perl). It is simple, straight-forward, and extensible.

Package:
Version:
Category:
License:
Upstream URL:
Description:

 

tinyxml
2.6.2-1
Utilities
ZLib
http://www.grinninglizard.com/tinyxml/
TinyXML is a simple, small, C++ XML parser that can be easily integrating into other programs.

Package:
Version:
Category:
License:
Upstream URL:
Description:

 

xterm
310-1
Desktop
MIT/X11
http://invisible-island.net/xterm/
The xterm program is a terminal emulator for the X Window System.

The following is a sampling of middleware / packages that have been updated in the Timesys Factory:

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

ACExTAO
6.3.1-1
Networking

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

alsa-utils
1.0.28-1
Multimedia

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

make
4.0-1
Development

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

openssl
1.0.1k-1
Networking

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

qt5
5.3.2-1
Graphics

The complete list of available packages can be accessed at http://www.timesys.com/embedded-linux/repository/packages/factory-package-list

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Factory platform builder Learn more about Timesys Factory — the flexible embedded Linux platform builder.
Access LinuxLink's cloud-based build environment Access the LinuxLink cloud-based build system (free LinuxLink user account required).

 

  Embedded Linux Training and How To Tips

How to Use Qt Creator with a Timesys Cross-Toolchain  How to Use Qt Creator with a Timesys Cross-Toolchain

Qt Creator is a complete integrated development environment (IDE) that supports Qt, the popular open source framework that enables developers to easily build complex UIs for connected devices and applications.

This document describes the method to associate a Timesys toolchain with Qt Creator, allowing you to cross compile your Qt Creator applications.

How to Use Qt Creator with a Timesys Cross-Toolchain

View the entire How to Use Qt Creator with a Timesys Cross-Toolchain doc View the entire “How to Use Qt Creator with a Timesys Cross-Toolchain” doc. (LinuxLink login required).

 

  Timesys Calendar of Industry Events

Timesys attending Embedded World 2015  February 24-26, 2015: Embedded World Exhibition & Conference 2015 – Nürnberg, Germany

If you’re planning to attend Embedded World this year, be sure to look for us! You can find us in the Farnell element14 booth (Hall 5 / Stand 221) where we’ll have a Timesys-powered embedded Linux demo running on the new GizmoSphere Gizmo 2 board. Stop by to say hello and talk to Timesys personnel. We hope to see you in Nürnberg!

 

 

To learn more about Timesys’ embedded Linux solutions and how they can reduce the time to market for your next embedded Linux project, visit www.timesys.com/embedded-linux.

 

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