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LinuxLink Alert – October 9, 2012

Timesys Embedded Linux Updates

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LinuxLink Product Announcements

Embedded Linux Training and How To Tips

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

 

  LinuxLink Product Announcements

Timesys embedded Linux for Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X development system  Timesys Adds Support for Critical Link MityARM-3359 System-on-Module (SoM)

Timesys has expanded its support for popular TI Sitara™ ARM Processors by adding LinuxLink support for the Critical Link MityARM-3359 SoM. The MityARM-3359 is a highly configurable, small form factor SoM that offers support for many peripherals, including integrated 3D graphics.

LinuxLink for MityARM-3359 enables Critical Link customers to cost effectively develop cutting-edge products with state-of-the-art UIs and 3D graphics in a broad range of industrial, instrumentation, medical, commercial, transportation, and agricultural applications, integrated into benchtop, handheld, kiosk or mobile devices.
 

 
embedded Linux for Critical Link MityARM-3359

MityARM-3359

With support for Linux kernel version 3.1, the following main device drivers are enabled:
 

  Device Driver

Enabled

 

  Device Driver

Enabled

  Ethernet

 

  NOR Flash

  GPIO

 

  RS232

  HDMI

 

  RTC

  I2C EEPROM

 

  SD/eMMC

 

  LCD (Framebuffer)

 

  SPI

 

  McASP (Sound)

 

  Touchscreen

 

  NAND Flash

 

  USB Host

 

 
The Critical Link MityARM-3359 ships with a preinstalled Linux image from Timesys and is complemented by a ‘Development Center’ CD that provides the user with access to a wide range of Linux resources, including a link to register for a LinuxLink FREE Edition account where customers can build a custom board support package (BSP) and matching software development kit (SDK) for their MityARM-335x development kit.

watch LinuxLink for critical Link MityARM-335x on the Timesys youtube channel  Watch ‘LinuxLink for Critical Link MityARM-335x Overview’ on the Timesys YouTube channel (22 mins)

build a custom BSP / SDK for Critical Link MityARM-3359 Build a custom BSP / SDK for the Critical Link MityARM-3359.


Timesys embedded Linux  Timesys Joins ARM / Avnet Embedded Software Store

Timesys LinuxLink offerings are now available for purchase via the ARM / Avnet Embedded Software Store.

With 24/7 worldwide availability, the Embedded Software Store provides anytime access to a broad range of Timesys offered software and services supporting the ARM® architecture. The addition of LinuxLink offerings for the ARM family of processors to the Embedded Software Store: 

 
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  • Provides developers with a one-stop-shop for acquiring Timesys’s innovative embedded Linux solutions for evaluation and development on ARM processor-based hardware designs and
  • Offers developers another way to get started with LinuxLink quickly and easily … which can result in getting their products to market sooner.

The Embedded Software Store was developed jointly by Avnet Electronics Marketing and ARM to provide an embedded marketplace bringing developers and software vendors together to provide solutions for customers in the embedded software space.

find Timesys products in the Embedded Software Store Find Timesys products in the Embedded Software Store.

learn more about Timesys LinuxLink offerings Learn more about Timesys LinuxLink offerings.


LinuxLink Offering for Lantronix PremierWave XN Added  LinuxLink Offering for Lantronix PremierWave XN Added

Timesys has expanded its embedded linux support for Lantronix platforms to include the PremierWave XN.

With support for Linux kernel version 2.6.30, LinuxLink for PremierWave XN enables developers to quickly and easily design next-generation products requiring high-performance Wireless or Ethernet connectivity for remote access and management of equipment over a network and across the Internet.
 

 
embedded Linux for PremierWave XN

PremierWave XN

LinuxLink for PremierWave XN offers developers the ability to:

  • Quickly assemble and boot an initial embedded Linux image on their PremierWave XN development kit.
  • Patch/configure/rebuild/update a custom Linux platform on a desktop with a properly installed and configured development environment.
  • Debug/tune the platform with common open source development tools and development libraries/utilities.
  • Obtain help with common development tasks via expert, live support and a rich library of ‘how to’ documentation.
  • Leverage Timesys professional services to meet tight time and budget targets.

Lantronix PremierWave XN customers can start building prototypes using LinuxLink by downloading the PremierWave XN Software Development Kit (SDK).

learn more about LinuxLink for Lantronix PremierWave XN Learn more about LinuxLink for Lantronix PremierWave XN.

visit the LinuxLink development center Visit the LinuxLink Development Center for Lantronix PremierWave XN.


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:

 

cdv-video
1.1 (1)
Graphics
GPLv2/Intel Free Distribution Binary License
http://www.intel.com
cdv-video contains the CDV kernel module header files (GPLv2), PowerVR graphics driver and runtime library, and User space driver for video decode.

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

 

firefox
14.0.1 (1)
Networking
MPL2.0
http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases
Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser coordinated by Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation

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

 

libwsbm
1.1.0 (1)
Graphics
GPLv2/Intel Free Distribution Binary License
http://www.x.org/wiki/libwsbm
The libwsbm (wsbm stands for Window System Buffer Manager) library previously lived as a dri buffer manager within mesa.

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

 

nbench
2.2.3 (1)
Development
BSD
http://www.tux.org/~mayer/linux/bmark.html
nbench is a port to Linux/Unix of release 2 of BYTE Magazines BYTEmark benchmark program (previously known as BYTEs Native Mode Benchmarks). These are Native Mode (a.k.a. Algorithm Level) tests; benchmarks designed to expose the capabilities of a systems CPU, FPU, and memory system.

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

 

refresh-screen
23acf02(1)
Demo
BSD
http://gitorious.org/matrix-gui-v2/
refresh-screen is an application to force a screen to refresh.

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

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

corosync
1.4.4-1
Networking

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

ofono
1.11-1
Networking

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

openmpi
1.6.2-1
Utilities

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

parole
0.3.0.3-1
Desktop

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

unionfs-fuse
0.26-2
System

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.
Acess LinuxLink FREE Edition Access LinuxLink FREE Edition (registration required).

 

  Embedded Linux Training and How To Tips

Timesys embedded Linux  6 Reasons to Upgrade from LinuxLink FREE Edition to LinuxLink PRO Edition

With more than 10,000 active LinuxLink FREE users in more than 150 countries all over the world, LinuxLink FREE Edition has been shown to offer a tremendous value at a price that everybody loves. But, there are a number of compelling reasons why you might want to consider upgrading — especially if your project is moving from skunk works research mode to full-scale product development.

Al Feczko, Timesys VP of Sales and Field Engineering, shares six reasons why you should upgrade from LinuxLink FREE to LinuxLink PRO. Join us on October 10, 2012 at 2PM EDT to learn a few of the many secrets that embedded software developers who’ve already upgraded to LinuxLink PRO have figured out on their own.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Register for ‘6 Reasons to Upgrade from LinuxLink FREE Edition to LinuxLink PRO Edition’.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Compare LinuxLink FREE and LinuxLink PRO Editions.


Timesys embedded Linux  6 Ways to Make Embedded Linux Boot More Quickly

The good news about embedded Linux is that, due to its tremendous reliability, it rarely needs to be rebooted (unlike some other operating systems). But when it does, it can be quite slow to boot – unless you’ve taken care to configure things appropriately.

By considering various optimizations which can be done 1) at the bootloader layer, 2) at the Linux kernel and device driver layer, and 3) at the root filesystem layer, there are numerous ways to speed up the time it takes to boot the device you are building.

Please join Timesys VP of Sales and Field Engineering Al Feczko on October 22, 2012 at 2PM EDT as he shares 6 ways that you can make your customized version of embedded Linux boot more quickly.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Register for ‘6 Ways to Make Embedded Linux Boot More Quickly’.


Timesys embedded Linux  How To Use the Serial Card as a Console on the MPC5125 Tower Board

By default, the serial console for the MPC5125 Tower Board is provided by the USB mini-B port on the processor module. However, it is possible to use the Tower Serial (TWR-SER) module instead.

This document outlines all the steps necessary to use the TWR_SER card as the default serial console on the MPC5125 Tower Board.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux View the entire How To Use the Serial Card as a Console on the MPC5125 Tower Board doc (LinuxLink PRO seat login required).


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

 

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