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LinuxLink Alert – October 23, 2009

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LinuxLink

squares  NXP selects Timesys as the first commercial Linux supplier for LPC313x microcontroller series

NXP has chosen Timesys as the first commercial Linux provider of a comprehensive Linux solution for their LPC313x series of microcontrollers. The initial release is based on the 2.6.28 Linux kernel which integrates drivers for the full range of LPC3130 reference board peripherals.

The availability of LinuxLink for the LPC313x brings benefits to NXP customers. With full support for the LPC313x within LinuxLink, developers can use the framework to develop products for a variety of end markets that include — but are not limited to — industrial automation, consumer, medical and automotive. In addition, developers can leverage the best open-source code and wealth of middleware package options that LinuxLink provides to develop their custom applications.

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 so they can get their product to market quickly.

 Learn more about the new NXP/Embedded Artists EA313x 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  Timesys delivers a comprehensive, low-cost Linux solution for Altera’s Nios II embedded processor

Timesys has made available a suite of Linux services and products supporting Altera’s Nios II embedded processor. The Timesys distribution includes a board support package for Altera’s Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit and Embedded Systems Development Kit, Cyclone® III Edition.

The availability of LinuxLink for the Nios II brings benefits to Altera customers. It gives Nios II processor users access to a low-cost, intuitive environment for developing a wide range of Linux-based products. With full support for the Nios II within LinuxLink, developers can use the framework to develop products for a broad spectrum of markets. With access to to hundreds of open-source middleware packages, LinuxLink makes it simple and easy to create footprint-optimized Linux platforms with a rich set of APIs well matched to end applications, enabling developers to accelerate their product development.

Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition

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. As an additional resource for customers developing FPGA-based products, the Timesys Professional Services team provides FPGA design capability. Customers who want to focus their internal resources on developing value-added applications for their product can rely on Timesys to provide both a well-optimized hardware design and the accompanying Linux platform support. Along with a LinuxLink subscription, this provides an attractive option for customers who want commercial support to complement their in-house capabilities so they can get their product to market quickly.

 Learn more about the new Altera Nios II 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  LinuxLink support for Texas Instruments OMAP-L138 EVM and Logic Zoom OMAP-L138 eXperimenter boards now available

Timesys has enabled support for the Texas Instruments OMAP-L138 EVM and Logic Zoom™ OMAP-L138 eXperimenter boards. With support for Linux kernel versions 2.6.29, LinuxLink customers can enjoy many of the new features of the latest Linux code, take advantage of ability to build a variety of Linux-based products that include specific functions accelerated by the OMAP-L138’s DSP core and achieve a fast Linux product design and implementation cycle.

Initial OMAP-L138 LinuxLink components include:

  • Linux kernel versions 2.6.29, with a number of device drivers for OMAP onboard peripherals
  • Cross toolchains — based on the recent GCC4.3, Binutils 2.19 and both glibc and uClibc support
  • Hundreds of packages and middleware including: networking, audio, multimedia, storage, system and more

The following reference board device drivers have been enabled:

  Board/Driver OMAP-L138 EVM OMAP-L138 eXperimenter
  Audio
  Ethernet
  GPIO
  I2C
  LCD
  MMC/SD
  NAND Flash
  NOR Flash
  SATA
  Serial
  SPI
  SPI Flash
  Touchscreen
  USB Gadget
  USB Host
  Watchdog

LinuxLink OMAP-L138 subscribers will benefit from the LinuxLink framework which allows customers to build OMAP-L138-based Linux platforms quickly and receive guidance and support for various development tasks, such as DSPLink integration.

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 so they can get their product to market quickly.

 Learn more about the new TI OMAP-L138 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  Mercury Computer Systems Ensemble 3000 and Ensemble 6000 Series Modules now supported by LinuxLink

Timesys has enabled support for the Ensemble™ 3000 Series OpenVPX HCD3200 and 6000 Series OpenVPX HCD6220, HCD6410 and SBC6120 modules from Mercury Computer Systems. The newly supported processing modules each support one or more dual-core MPC8640D or MPC8641D processors and are supported by the rich set of features available from the cross-product Mercury MultiCore Plus® software infrastructure, which allows for ease of portability while offering an open software development architecture. The HCD3200, HCD6220, HCD6410 and SBC6120 LinuxLinks provide features that are well aligned with the needs of Mercury customers in radar, EO/IR, and electronic warfare applications on both manned and unmanned airborne platforms.

HCD3200 Module

LinuxLink HCD3200, HCD6220, HCD6410 and SBC6120 customers can enjoy many of the new features of the latest Linux code, take advantage of ability to build a variety of Linux-based products that include a high-performance computing module for sensor-networked environments, and achieve a fast Linux product design and implementation cycle.

The HCD3200, HCD6220, HCD6410 and SBC6120 LinuxLinks include full support for onboard resources, including:

  • Internal and external Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • serial RapidIO
  • ANSI-compliant system management

The HCD3200, HCD6220, HCD6410 and SBC6120 LinuxLink solutions are sold directly by Mercury, as part of its MultiCore Plus® comprehensive set of software solutions available for the platform. Mercury HCD3200, HCD6220, HCD6410 and SBC6120 LinuxLink customers receive technical support and package updates directly from Timesys Linux experts.

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 so they can get their product to market quickly.

 Learn more about the new Mercury HCD3200, HCD6220, HCD6410 and SBC6120 LinuxLinks.
 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  LinuxLink support for i.MX25 added to broad range of Freescale processors supported

Timesys has enabled support for the Freescale i.MX25PDK (with Freescale i.MX255 processor). Freescale’s i.MX25 support comes with ready to develop with a cross-toolchain, development environment with many libraries, utilities and other ready-to-use Linux components.

LinuxLink i.MX25 components include Linux kernel version 2.6.28 with support for the following device drivers enabled:

  • ADC
  • Audio (SGTL5000)
  • CPLD
  • CPU Frequency Scaling
  • Ethernet (FEC)
  • Ethernet (SMSC911x)
  • I2C
  • I2S
  • Keypad
  • LCD Framebuffer
  • MMC/SD
  • NAND Flash
  • OV2640 Camera
  • PMIC
  • Power Management
  • RTC
  • Regulators
  • SPI Bus
  • Serial
  • Touchscreen
  • USB Gadget
  • USB Host
  • Video Capture

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 so they can get their product to market quickly.

 Learn more about LinuxLink support for the Freescale i.MX25.
 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 embedded Linux support for ARM profiler

Timesys provides robust embedded Linux platforms for a wide variety of ARM®-based SoCs and boards. For applicable target platforms, Timesys provides an option for developers to select a version of the kernel that is enabled for use with ARM’s profiler. Developers wishing to use the profiler as part of their debug process can select this version of the kernel in order to have full access to the features of the profiler.

Current profiler-enabled ARM-based development boards include:

  • Texas Instruments Mistral OMAP35x EVM

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 so they can get their product to market quickly.

 Learn more about LinuxLink support for ARM profiler.
 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  Updated kernel & middleware/packages in the Factory

The following have been recently added to the Timesys Factory:

  • 2.6.31 Linux kernel for Intel x86 class processors
  • 2.6.31 Linux kernel for Logic i.MX27 LITEKIT
  • and more

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

  • Development – binutils 2.19.1
  • Development – gcc 4.4.1
  • Application – alsa-lib 1.0.21
  • Application – apache-httpd 0.4.2
  • Multimedia – gtk 2.18.2
  • Networking – samba 3.0.37
  • and more

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

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

 

LinuxLink

squares  How To Boot from NAND Flash on the TI OMAPL138 EVM

NFS-based root file systems are very useful in a development environment. However, once you start to move to a production system, it is no longer a viable option. Instead, you will want your device to boot from some sort of persistent memory, such as NAND flash.

This document explains how to boot a complete system from NAND flash on the TI OMAPL138 EVM board.

 View the entire How To Boot from NAND Flash on the TI OMAPL138 EVM doc (subscription required).
 View a sampling of the documentation available to LinuxLink subscribers.


squares  How To Disable frame buffer screen blanking

After 10 minutes of operation, the virtual console will blank the LCD display on many boards, and the display will come back only if a key is hit on a keyboard. Since many boards don’t have keyboards, you have to use USB keyboard to unblank the screen.

This document details how to disable the screen blanking behavior by either turning off the frame buffer console or by setting the virtual console KD mode.

 View the entire How to Disable frame buffer screen blanking 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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