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LinuxLink Alert – July 27, 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 LinuxLink Web Edition  Check out the New LinuxLink Pricing – Single Processor Fee Now Includes Entire Processor Family

Effective July 1, 2012, Timesys has streamlined its pricing so that the subscription fee which previously covered a single processor has been expanded to include all processors in that processor family.

Timesys has made this change to provide developers maximum flexibility and align LinuxLink better with their usage patterns. This change allows customers to evaluate / develop products across all processors within a processor family — with a single subscription for LinuxLink tools. This additional flexibility — with no price change — continues Timesys’ commitment to providing developers high-quality products and services that represent the industry’s best value.

Developers having questions about the LinuxLink pricing change can contact sales@timesys.com or call +1.866.392.4897.

Learn more about Timesys Professional Services View the new Timesys definitions of processor families and the processors included in each.
Learn more about Timesys Embedded Linux Training Check out Timesys’ LinuxLink pricing.


Timesys support for Atmel SAM9 processors  Timesys Expands Support for Atmel Processors with Addition of LinuxLink Offering for SAM9G15, SAM9G35 and SAM9N12 Processors

Timesys has added LinuxLink support for the Atmel AT91SAM9G15, AT91SAM9G35 and AT91SAM9N12 processors to the broad range of ARM-based SAM9 processors already supported. The availability of LinuxLink for SAM9G devices enables developers to leverage the power of the ARM926 core to deliver a rich combination of peripherals in a highly integrated design. LinuxLink for SAM9N devices enables developers to leverage the low power consumption and reduced system cost of the ARM926EJ-S processor to build cost-sensitive applications for industrial markets.

These recent LinuxLink additions include support for Linux kernel version 2.6.39 which comes with support for many of the device drivers present on the associated AT91SAM9 evaluation kits. The table below shows the reference board device drivers that are enabled in LinuxLink:

  Device Driver

SAM9G15-EK

SAM9G35-EK

SAM9N12-EK

  Audio Codec

  Backlight

  Dataflash

  EEPROM

 
 

  Ethernet

 

  GPIO

  I2C

  Keyboard

  LEDs

  MMC

  NAND flash

  RTC

  SDIC

 
 

  SPI

  SSC Interface

  Serial

  Touchscreen

  USB Host

  USB Gadget

  Video

 
LinuxLink customers can design a variety of applications by selecting from the hundreds of 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 Atmel SAM9 View a list of all Atmel processors supported by Timesys.
build a custom BSP for Atmel SAM9 development board build a custom BSP / SDK for your SAM9 based development board with LinuxLink FREE Edition Build a custom BSP / SDK for SAM9 based development board.
NOTE: Existing users, please visit linuxlink.timeys.com/register/factory to add a SAM9 development board to your account.


Timesys embedded Linux for Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X development system  LinuxLink Support Added for Freescale i.MX 6 Processor, Including Boundary Devices’ Nitrogen6X

A long-time provider of embedded Linux support for popular Freescale i.MX applications processors, Timesys has expanded its LinuxLink offering to include support for the Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X which is based on the next generation, i.MX 6 ARM-Cortex A9 processor from Freescale.

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

 
embedded Linux for Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X

Nitrogen6X

  Device Driver

Enabled

 

  HW Accel. Module

Enabled

  Audio

 

  GPU

  Framebuffer

 

  IPU

  Ethernet Driver

 

  VPU

  I2C

 

 

 

  Input Driver

 

 

 

  MXC Support

 

 

 

  SD/MMC

 

 

 

  Uart Driver

 

 

 

  USB Host

 

 

 

  Video

 

 

 

For questions about driver support, contact Timesys.

 
Through Timesys’s commercially supported LinuxLink PRO offering, customers can leverage all i.MX 6x hardware accelerated features — including media framework — in their custom embedded Linux design and modify all aspects of it. Customers can also leverage integrated development tools and SDKs and easily develop state-of-the-art UIs using the Qt framework which is available in Timesys tools.

 
watch the Timesys Movie Theater demo running on Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X

 

Timesys Movie Theater Multimedia Demo

Visit the Timesys YouTube channel, and view this demo which was built with Timesys’ LinuxLink and showcases multimedia running on the Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X Development Platform.

The recorded demo features:

  • hardware accelerate (VPU) vs. non-accelerated 1080p video playback,
  • the i.MX 6 quad-core in action,
  • dual framebuffer with alpha-blending between Qt-based GUI overlay and accelerated video,
  • i.MX 6 accelerated 3D features (GPU) and
  • a live camera connected to the kit.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux for Boundary Devices ARM based platforms Learn more about LinuxLink for Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X.
build a custom BSP / SDK for Nitrogen6X with LinuxLink FREE Edition Build a custom BSP / SDK for the Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X.
NOTE: Existing users, please visit linuxlink.timeys.com/register/factory to add the Nitrogen6X to your account.


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:

 

dante
1.4.0-pre1 (1)
Networking
BSD
http://www.inet.no/dante/
Dante is a SOCKS client and server implementation for UNIX, developed by Inferno Nettverk A/S, Norway.

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

 

librelp
1.0.0 (1)
Networking
GPLv3
http://www.librelp.com/
librelp is an easy-to-use library for the RELP protocol. RELP in turn provides reliable event logging over the network (and consequently RELP stands for Reliable Event Logging Protocol). RELP (and hence) librelp assures that no message is lost, not even when connections break and a peer becomes unavailable.

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

 

openarena
0.8.8 (1)
Demo
GPLv2
http://openarena.ws/
OpenArena is a community-produced deathmatch FPS based on GPL idTech3 technology.

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

 

opus
0.9.14 (1)
Multimedia
BSD
http://www.opus-codec.org/
The Opus codec is designed to handle a wide range of interactive audio applications, including Voice over IP, videoconferencing, in-game chat, and even remote live music performances. It can scale from low bit-rate narrowband speech to very high quality stereo music.

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

 

yum
3.4.3 (1)
Utilities
GPLv2
http://yum.baseurl.org/
Yum is an automatic updater and package installer/remover for rpm systems. It automatically computes dependencies and figures out what things should occur to install packages. It makes it easier to maintain groups of machines without having to manually update each one using rpm. Yum has a plugin interface for adding simple features. Yum can also be used from other python programs via its module interface.

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

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

randproto
1.3.2
Development

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

gtk
2.24.10
Graphics

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

MPlayer
1.0rc4
Multimedia

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

samba
3.6.6
Networking

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

busybox
1.20.1
System

Package:
Version:
Category:

 

poppler
0.20.1
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 University embedded Linux training  Timesys University Local Edition: Two August Sessions Added

Timesys has added the following two August sessions to its Timesys University Local Edition calendar:

Date / Location:
Title:
Description:

 

August 16 • Solon, OH
Learn How to Build a Small Footprint Coffee Vending Machine Device with the Freescale i.MX53 Quick Start Board

In this complimentary workshop sponsored by Avnet, Freescale and Timesys, attendees will build a coffee vending machine device using open source Linux, Timesys LinuxLink tools and the Freescale i.MX53 Quick Start Board. The product features for this project included GPIO, external display, graphic stacks and more, and the product will be optimized for small footprint deployment on the target and fast boot time.

To register for this event and/or to download the course description and agenda, visit www.timesys.com/embedded-linux/training/timesys-university/local/cleveland.

Date / Location:
Title:
Description:

 

August 23 • San Diego, CA
Learn How to Build a Small Footprint Medical Device with the Logic PD TI DM3730 Torpedo Development Kit

In this complimentary workshop sponsored by Avnet, Logic PD, Texas Instruments and Timesys, attendees will build a heart rate monitor using open source Linux, Timesys LinuxLink tools and the TI DM3730 on the Logic PD TI DM3730 Torpedo Development Kit. The product features for this project included GPIO, external display, graphic stacks and more, and the product will be optimized for small footprint deployment on the target and fast boot time.

To register for this event and/or to download the course description and agenda, visit www.timesys.com/embedded-linux/training/timesys-university/local/sandiego.

Timesys University Local Edition programs are partner-collaborated, on-site, embedded Linux training workshops designed to help developers shorten their learning curve for building embedded Linux projects. These full-day, complimentary workshops focus on building an embedded Linux based device using popular processors and their associated development kits.

learn more about Timesys University Local Edition embedded Linux workshops Learn more about Timesys University Local Edition embedded Linux workshops.
view all Timesys embedded Linux training offerings View all Timesys embedded Linux training offerings.


Timesys embedded Linux  How To Create and Debug Hello World in TimeStorm

This document provides a guide to remote debugging using TimeStorm.

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux View the entire How To Create and Debug Hello World in TimeStorm 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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