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LinuxLink Alert – November 20, 2009

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LinuxLink

squares  MIPS announces Timesys LinuxLink support for M14K and M14Kc cores

MIPS announced it is working with Timesys to provide broad tool and OS support for the new M14K and M14Kc cores.

With Timesys LinuxLink support for the complete family of MIPS32 cores, including the new M14Kc core, MIPS Technologies’ licensees can provide Linux solutions for their processors and reference platforms within days. Licensees can quickly assemble Linux images for reference kits, while their OEM customers can accelerate their time-to-market and build Linux-based products for a wide range of applications through the unique productivity features in the LinuxLink software development framework.

When customers need additional assistance with specific development programs, they can engage with the Timesys Professional Services team to develop the software for all or part of a Linux-based product. Along with a LinuxLink subscription, this provides an attractive option for customers who want commercial support to complement their in-house capabilities and enable them to get their product to market quickly by allowing them to focus their engineering resources on developing a value added application.

 Read the MIPS press release.
 Try the LinuxLink development framework, and see how easy it will be for you to configure and build your custom Linux platform with the Factory intelligent embedded Linux build system.


squares  Timesys delivers the first commercial Linux support for the Texas Instruments Sitara family of ARM Cortex-A8 technology-based AM35x MPUs

As a leading provider of embedded Linux software and expertise, Timesys is the first to deliver commercial Linux support for the AM3517 and AM3505 MPUs, which are the industry’s first ARM® Cortex™-A8 technology-based solutions for the industrial market segment.

Customers who use LinuxLink to design around Linux on AM3517 MPUs benefit from the latest open source code. In addition, Timesys’ LinuxLink for AM3517 includes support for OpenGL ES, enabling customers to develop applications with the OpenGL ES API. LinuxLink provides a complete open-source Linux solution for developers creating products that can endure rugged and extreme thermal industrial environments. They can design a variety of applications by selecting from hundreds of packages/middleware offered through LinuxLink’s award-winning online and desktop-hosted build tools — called Factory — that facilitate the process of building and integrating the custom Linux platform.

When customers need additional assistance with specific development programs, they can engage with the Timesys Professional Services team to develop the software for all or part of a Linux-based product. Along with a LinuxLink subscription, this provides an attractive option for customers who want commercial support to complement their in-house capabilities and enable them to get their product to market quickly by allowing them to focus their engineering resources on developing a value added application.

 Learn more about the new TI Sitara AM35x LinuxLink.
 Try the LinuxLink development framework, and see how easy it will be for you to configure and build your custom Linux platform with the Factory intelligent embedded Linux build system.


squares  TI BeagleBoard with OpenGL ES now supported by Timesys

Timesys has recently added LinuxLink support for the Texas Instruments BeagleBoard, with support for OpenGL ES. Not only is LinuxLink flexible and easy to use, more importantly, TI BeagleBoard LinuxLink customers leverage the benefits of having access to recent open source aligned Linux components. Additionally, customers can take advantage of 3D graphics hardware acceleration and develop applications with the OpenGL ES API.

The following reference board device drivers have been enabled for Linux kernel version 2.6.29:

  • Audio
  • DVI Output
  • NAND
  • S-Video Output
  • SD/MMC Card
  • Serial
  • USB Host
  • USB OTG

When customers need additional assistance with specific development programs, they can engage with the Timesys Professional Services team to develop the software for all or part of a Linux-based product. Along with a LinuxLink subscription, this provides an attractive option for customers who want commercial support to complement their in-house capabilities and enable them to get their product to market quickly by allowing them to focus their engineering resources on developing a value added application.

 Learn more about LinuxLink for TI BeagleBoard.
 Try the LinuxLink development framework, and see how easy it will be for you to configure and build your custom Linux platform with the Factory intelligent embedded Linux build system.


squares  New LinuxLink personalized dashboard released

LinuxLink logged in users now see a personalized dashboard page as their default home page. From their personalized LinuxLink dashboard page, logged in users can view information relating to their LinuxLink subscription and/or free trials, including relevant downloads, resources and updates.

 Register for a FREE, limited trial of LinuxLink, and see how easy it will be for you to configure and build your custom Linux platform with the Factory intelligent, embedded Linux build system.


squares  LinuxLink Free Trial now enables users to experience the Desktop Factory and TimeStorm

Now, LinuxLink Free Trial users can use our Virtual Desktop to experience first-hand the power, ease and productivity of the Desktop Factory automated embedded Linux build environment and TimeStorm suite of integrated tools.

Using Desktop Factory, you can configure your kernel, toolchain, middleware and packages and experience how fast and easy it is to build a complete embedded Linux distribution. Using TimeStorm, you’ll see how our Eclipse-based TimeStorm IDE is integrated with the Linux distribution and how the toolchain (pre-installed for the demo) is detected by TimeStorm and is readily available for application development and debugging.

 Learn more about Factory — Timesys’ automated embedded Linux build system.
 Register for a FREE, limited trial of LinuxLink, and see how easy it will be for you to configure and build your custom Linux platform with the Factory intelligent, embedded Linux build system.


squares  Middleware/package Updates in the Factory

The following have been recently added to the Timesys Factory:

  • libgweather 2.28.0
  • libICE 1.0.6
  • webkit 1.1.15
  • and more

The following middleware/packages have been updated in the Timesys Factory:

  • Application – mysql 5.0.51b
  • Application – icu 3.8.1
  • Multimedia – libX11 1.3.2
  • Multimedia – gst-plugins-base 0.10.25
  • Multimedia – xkeyboard-config 1.7
  • System – apmd 3.2.2
  • and more

The complete list of updates can be accessed at http://www.timesys.com/factory-package-list.

 Learn more about Factory — Timesys’ automated embedded Linux build system.
 Access Timesys Factory (subscription required).

 

LinuxLink

squares  How To integrate DSPLink using Factory

This overview covers the basic process of how to integrate DSPLink using Factory. Overview highlights include:

  • 3-step process
  • complete platform integration
  • enablement of application development that uses DSP API

 View the entire DSPLink Integration overview.
 View the list of demos available through the Timesys Demo Center.


squares  How To Use Memory Technology Device (MTD)

Memory Technology Device (MTD) is the name of the Linux subsystem that handles most raw flash devices, such as NOR, NAND, DataFlash®, and SPI flash. It provides both character and block access to these devices, as well as a number of specialized filesystems.

This document details how to use MTD and outlines the devices that are and are not supported by the MTD subsytem.

 View the entire How To Use MTD doc (subscription required).
 View a sampling of the documentation available to LinuxLink subscribers.


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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