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LinuxLink Alert – December 14, 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 LinusLink Upgrade i.MX6 Processor  Latest LinuxLink Upgrade for i.MX 6 Processor Includes Improved Support for Audio and Video Codecs — and More

Timesys has updated its LinuxLink support for Freescale i.MX 6 Series Processor to include support for the Freescale i.MX6Q SABRE Lite. This latest LinuxLink offering is based on the Freescale 12.09.01 release and includes support for both the Boundary Devices SABRE Lite and the element14 SABRE Lite development boards.

With support for Linux kernel version 3.0.35, LinuxLink customers building products based on open source Linux around the next generation i.MX6 ARM-Cortex A9 processor from Freescale can take advantage of SABRE Lite’s low-cost development platform for applications requiring high-performance multimedia processing. This makes the SABRE Lite an ideal platform for next-generation applications in the consumer, industrial and automotive markets.

 
embedded Linux for Freescale i.MX6Q Sabre Lite

Freescale i.MX6Q
SABRE Lite

LinuxLink for i.MX6 customers will benefit from:

  • Improved support for accelerated audio and video codecs that work with GStreamer and Phonon,
  • Improved support for accelerated graphics, and
  • A more simplified process for building a custom board support package and matching software development kit (BSP/SDK) that includes codecs. Via the LinuxLink FREE Edition Web Factory UI, developers can select one package that includes everything required for codecs, eliminating the need to select multiple packages.

Developers can start building prototypes for their SABRE Lite development kit with the LinuxLink FREE Edition. For advanced platform customization and maximum flexibility, developers can upgrade to LinuxLink PRO Edition and receive enterprise-grade support when they need it.

By mid-December 2012, this latest LinuxLink for i.MX 6 Series upgrade will include support for Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X.

Timesys Freescale i.MX 6 Series Processor Learn more about LinuxLink for Freescale i.MX 6 Series Processor..

Build a custom BSP / SDK for the Freescale i.MX 6 SABRE Lite. Build a custom BSP / SDK for the Freescale i.MX 6 SABRE Lite..
NOTE: Existing users, please visit linuxlink.timeys.com/register/factory Freescale i.MX6Q SABRE Lite to your account.


Timesys support for Freescale QorIQ processors  LinuxLink Support for Freescale QorIQ Processors Expanded with Addition of LinuxLink Offering for P1010 and P3041 Processors

Timesys has expanded its LinuxLink offering for popular QorIQ processors by adding support for the Freescale P1010-RDB and P3041DS development platforms.

The Freescale P1010 processor is a low-power communications processor with a security platform that enables reliability, security and quality of services. LinuxLink for P1010 customers can leverage the extensive integration and high-performance Power Architecture® core of the P1010 to develop a wide variety of applications in the cost-sensitive networking, network attached storage, digital video surveillance and industrial segments.

The Freescale P3041 processor offers many of the features included in the QorIQ P4 platform, but is designed to offer more power and provide a more cost-effective solution. LinuxLink for Freescale P3041 customers can leverage the quad-core device to develop networking and Ethernet-centric applications for markets including aerospace and defense, and factory automation.

With support for Linux kernel version 3.0, the following device drivers are enabled:

  Device Driver

P1010-RDB

P3041DS

  DDR3

 

  EDAC

 

  eSDHC

 

  Ethernet

  12C

 

  Mini USB

 

  MPIC

 

  NAND Flash

  NOR Flash

  PCI-E

  RTC

  SATA

  SD/MMC

 

  SPI Flash

  Serial Port

 

  UART

 

  USB Host

  Watchdog

 
LinuxLink for Freescale P1010 and P3041 customers can design a variety of applications by selecting from the 1400+ packages/middleware offered through LinuxLink’s award-winning Factory cloud-based and desktop-hosted build tools which facilitate the process of building and integrating the custom Linux platform. With LinuxLink FREE Edition, developers can build a custom board support package and software development kit. The LinuxLink PRO Edition enables maximum flexibility and customization of the Linux platform, including modification of the root file system from the ground up, use of your own Linux kernel tree and integration of custom applications. And, as with every LinuxLink PRO Edition subscription, customers receive unmetered, enterprise-grade support when they need it.

Learn more about Timesys embedded Linux support for Freescale Learn more about LinuxLink for Freescale P1010 and P3041 as well as other supported Freescale processors

build a custom BSP / SDK for your Freescale P1010 or P3041DS Build a custom BSP / SDK for the Freescale P1010 or P3041DS.
NOTE: Existing users, please visit linuxlink.timeys.com/register/factory to add the P1010-RDB or P3041DS to your account.


Timesys Partners with Trident in India and SDC Systems in the UK  Timesys Partners with Trident in India and SDC Systems
in the UK

Timesys has signed distribution agreements that enable Trident to distribute LinuxLink in the Indian market and SDC Systems to distribute LinuxLink in the UK market. These partnerships further expand Timesys’ global reach and worldwide availability, by making it even easier for developers to get started quickly and easily with LinuxLink.

Trident is committed to bringing to the Indian embedded market the best-in-class solutions in COTS hardware and application development tools. Since 2000, Trident has been successfully delivering cost-effective solutions to product developers. The company supports a wide range of applications in the following markets: Aerospace and Defense, Consumer and Industrial Electronics, Telecommunications, Automation, Transportation, Automotive, and Medical Electronics.

SDC Systems Ltd is a distributor of tools and technologies for the developers of embedded systems and enterprise systems. Their customers include major software and technology companies across the UK and Europe. SDC Systems has established itself as a specialist in technologies that accelerate development and enable innovation, and the company is recognized as a trusted advisor in many areas, such as software development and software testing.

With support for more than 100 application processors and SOCs, and support for multiple architectures, engineers using LinuxLink have more freedom and flexibility during design and development of their value-add application. Developers using LinuxLink have access to Linux components including kernel and drivers, open source and third-party packages/libraries and bootloaders. And industry-exclusive, unmetered support is included with every commercially supported LinuxLink PRO subscription.

The easy-to-use Timesys LinuxLink development framework combined with their commitment to help developers get their products to market sooner meets customers’ needs and enables both Trident and SDC Systems customers to leverage the advantages of developing a product based on open source Linux. This makes Timesys LinuxLink a good fit for both the Indian and UK market — both in terms of price and in overall offering.

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

View all processors and boards/SOMs supported by Timesys View all processors and boards/SOMs 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:

 

evtest
1.30 (1)
Utilities
GPLv2
http://cgit.freedesktop.org/evtest/
evtest displays information on the input device specified on the command line, including all the events supported by the device. It then monitors the device and displays all the events layer events generated.

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

 

libnetfilter_cthelper
1.0.0 (1)
Networking
GPLv2
http://netfilter.org/projects/libnetfilter_cthelper
libnetfilter_cthelper is the userspace library that provides the programming interface to the user-space helper infrastructure available since Linux kernel 3.6. With this library, you register, configure, enable and disable user-space helpers.

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

 

twisted
12.2.0 (1)
Development
MIT
http://twistedmatrix.com/trac/
twisted is an event-based framework for Internet applications.

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

 

ulogd
2.0.1 (1)
Networking
GPLv2
http://www.netfilter.org/projects/ulogd/index.html
ulogd is a userspace logging daemon for netfilter/iptables related logging. This includes per-packet logging of security violations, per-packet logging for accounting, per-flow logging and flexible user-defined accounting.

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

 

zope.interface
3.8.0 (1)
Development
MPL2.0
http://www.zope.org/
zope.interface is a python extension. Interfaces are objects that specify the external behavior of objects that ‘provide’ them.

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

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

automake
1.12.4-1
Development

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

DirectFB
1.6.2-1
Graphics

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

flashrom
0.9.6.1-1
Utilities

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

libxmlxx
2.34.2
Utilities

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

zile
2.4.9-1
Utilities

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 Popular Embedded Linux Packages

As every long-time embedded engineer understands, requiring a larger Flash memory size typically results in a higher BOM cost. And, while Flash chip sizes continue to follow Moore’s law, that doesn’t mean you should waste megabytes of storage on unnecessary open source middleware, when that memory could be used more effectively by your own custom applications.

While it may be possible to install desktop-style distributions on modern 32-bit embedded processors, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Many commonly used Linux applications, utilities and libraries for desktop or server Linux have near equivalent smaller footprint versions that have been developed specifically for use in embedded systems. We invite you to join Timesys VP of Sales and Field Engineering, Al Feczko, for a brief webinar on Tuesday, December 18 at 2:00 PM EST as he shares 6 popular packages available in the Timesys LinuxLink repository today that can make your customized version of embedded Linux fit nicely into a smaller Flash memory footprint.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Register for ‘6 Popular Embedded Linux Packages’.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Browse the list of package sources currently available in the Timesys Repository.


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

Building upon the first 6 reasons that were described in our previous webinar, ‘6 Reasons to Upgrade from LinuxLink FREE Edition to LinuxLink PRO Edition’, we’ll outline an additional set of reasons to upgrade — which should give every engineer using LinuxLink FREE Edition today more than enough ammunition to convince your manager to find money in the team budget to cover the cost of upgrading.

Please join Timesys VP of Sales and Field Engineering, Al Feczko, on January 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST as he shares 6 more reasons why you should upgrade from LinuxLink FREE Edition to LinuxLink PRO Edition.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Register for ‘6 More 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  How To Boot from an SD Card on QorIQ platforms

This document describes the method for booting from an SD card on QorIQ Platforms.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux View the entire How To Boot from SD Card on QorIQ Platforms doc (LinuxLink 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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