LinuxLink Alert – June 21, 2011
In This Issue
LinuxLink Product Announcements
- Timesys Bundles Pro Services with LinuxLink to Eliminate Development Risk
- Timesys Adds LinuxLink Offering for Freescale i.MX53 multimedia applications processor
- Timesys Enables LinuxLink Support for PMC-Sierra® WinPath3-SuperLite System on Chip
- Middleware/package Updates in the Factory
How To Tips
- Building a Rich User Interface Based Dual Display Video Player with the Freescale i.MX53 using LinuxLink
- How To Use gpiolib
The following items were recently added to LinuxLink. Note that some content might require a paid subscription for access.
Developers/development teams wanting access to engineering expertise that will enable them to get started quickly and gain project momentum can now take advantage of Timesys’ new ‘LinuxLink + Pro Services‘ bundle.
Starting at 16 hours of Professional Services, the LinuxLink + Pro Services offering is perfect for engineering teams who:
- Have tight deadlines
- Are looking to reduce development risk
- Want to focus in-house teams on differentiating development
- Want to develop in-house Linux expertise while significantly shortening the learning curve
In addition to pro services hours, the LinuxLink + Pro Services bundle features a complete embedded Linux system, unlimited support tickets and discounts for multiple seats and/or more professional services hours.
Need more pro services hours? Timesys will work with you to create a custom bundle that meets your needs.
With Timesys’ LinuxLink offering for the Freescale i.MX53 family of energy-efficient multimedia applications processors, including the Quick Start Board (QSB), customers can develop advanced multimedia and cost-effective solutions that meet the demands for performance and power in the consumer, automotive, medical and industrial markets.
Developers can take advantage of the LinuxLink offering for Rich Multimedia User Interface (Rich MUI) to build value-add applications that require faster graphics, advanced user interfaces, sophisticated video processing, 2D and 3D graphics and dual display. The initial release for the i.MX53 is based on the 2.6.35 Linux kernel which integrates drivers for the reference board peripherals.
Freescale i.MX53 QSB
Now, developers can quickly configure, build and evaluate embedded Linux on the Freescale i.MX53 QSB by accessing the Free Web Edition of LinuxLink at http://www.timesys.com/register.
Timesys is offering a FREE, four-session Timesys University training program titled, ‘Building a Rich User Interface Based Dual Display Video Player with the Freescale i.MX53 using LinuxLink’ which will begin on July 12, 2011. You can learn more about this Timesys University Track at http://www.timesys.com/embedded-linux/training/timesys-university.
LinuxLink continues to be an easy-to-use, affordable development environment for building custom Linux based solutions. LinuxLink for WinPath3-SuperLite enables PMC-Sierra customers to quickly and easily build custom Linux-based products for the high-performance, cost-sensitive, communications market segment including wireless and advanced telecom system applications such as mobile backhaul.
Based on Linux kernel version 2.6.26, LinuxLink for WinPath3-SuperLite developers can take full advantage of the WinPath3-SuperLite advanced architecture to design a variety of applications by selecting from the hundreds of packages/middleware offered through LinuxLink’s award-winning Factory online and desktop-hosted build tools which facilitate the process of building and integrating the custom Linux platform. And, as with every LinuxLink Desktop Edition subscription, customers receive unmetered, enterprise-grade support when they need it.
(WinPath processors were produced by Wintegra before being acquired by PMC-Sierra.)
Learn more about LinuxLink for PMC-Sierra WinPath3-SuperLite.
Get Your Free LinuxLink account, and Build Your Custom BSP in Minutes! Experience how quick and easy it is to configure and build your custom Linux platform with the Factory intelligent embedded Linux build system.
The following have been recently added to the Timesys Factory:
- Development – iozone – IOzone is a filesystem benchmark tool. The benchmark generates and measures a variety of file operations. Iozone has been ported to many machines and runs under many operating systems. License: Freeware
- Graphics – fbv – fbv (FrameBuffer Viewer) is a simple program to view pictures on a Linux framebuffer device. License: GPLv2
- Networking – libssh – libssh is a multiplatform C library implementing the SSHv2 and SSHv1 protocol on client and server side. With libssh, you can remotely execute programs, transfer files, use a secure and transparent tunnel for your remote applications. License: LGPLv2.1
- Utilities – qrencode – qrencode is a library for encoding data in a QR Code symbol, a kind of 2D symbology that can be scanned by handy terminals such as a mobile phone with CCD. The capacity of QR Code is up to 7000 digits or 4000 characters, and has high robustness. License: LGPLv2.1
- and more
The following middleware/packages have been updated in the Timesys Factory:
- Desktop – goffice 0.8.15
- Development – git 18.104.22.168
- Graphics – libXi 1.4.3
- Multimedia – gstreamer 0.10.34
- Networking – bluez 4.94
- Utilities – glib2 2.28.7
- and more
The complete list of available packages can be accessed at http://www.timesys.com/embedded-linux/distribution/packages/factory-package-list
Timesys University: Building a Rich User Interface Based Dual Display Video Player with the Freescale i.MX53 using LinuxLink
In this hands-on, four-session, Timesys University track, attendees will build a rich user interface based dual display video player using open source Linux, Timesys LinuxLink tools and the Freescale i.MX53 Quick Start Board (QSB). The product requirements for this project include such technologies as Bluetooth, LCD display, graphics stacks, power management and more.
This bi-weekly Timesys University track begins with ‘How to assemble and deploy an initial BSP and setup the development environment with the matching SDK‘ on July 12 @ 1pm EDT. Timesys University tracks are FREE to attend, and you need register only once to be registered for all sessions.
gpiolib is the name of the General Purpose Input/Output framework in the Linux kernel. It was introduced in the 2.6.25 kernel, and augments the existing GPIO subsystem with additional functionality. It also standardizes the way in which GPIO pins are used. This document focuses on using the gpiolib sysfs interface.
View the entire How To Use gpiolib doc (subscription 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.
LinuxLink Alert is a communication from Timesys announcing information we deem useful to our continuously growing community of subscribers.
Timesys and the Timesys logo are registered trademarks of Timesys Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and other countries. All other company and product names mentioned and all other trademarks, logos and service marks displayed on this page are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Want to subscribe to our newsletter?
Our LinuxLink Alert newsletter contains a variety of information to help you with your embedded Linux development. To receive future issues as they are released, click the button below.