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LinuxLink from Timesys Simplifies Development of Linux Products Using Xilinx Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGAs

Comprehensive solution from Timesys includes LinuxLink build environment as well as new FPGA design service

Pittsburgh, PA, USA – June 26, 2009 – Timesys Corporation (, provider of LinuxLink, the first commercial software development framework for building custom embedded Linux based products, today announced LinuxLink 3.0 support for Xilinx Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGAs.

Complementing this new Virtex support within LinuxLink, Timesys also announced an FPGA design service. Customers who want to focus on developing value-adding applications for their product can rely on Timesys to provide both a well-optimized hardware design and accompanying Linux platform support.

With support for Xilinx’s reference boards, LinuxLink customers can easily leverage the flexibility of Xilinx’s FPGAs to develop custom hardware with comprehensive embedded Linux support. LinuxLink provides full support for a wide variety of peripherals including Ethernet, Serial and System ACE, enabling developers to achieve fast product design cycle.

The combination of the LinuxLink framework from Timesys and the EDK development tools from Xilinx results in smooth hardware-software integration. The Xilinx EDK tools accelerate the design cycle by allowing a hardware design team to choose and customize from several IP blocks. Similarly, the Timesys LinuxLink framework accelerates software development by enabling the design, customization and integration of a custom Linux image matching the hardware platform. The combination of these development tools allows companies to create a complete custom Linux based product using the latest open source code at a very reasonable cost.

“Timesys assists customers throughout the entire development process of an FPGA-based Linux platform,” said Charlie Ashton, Vice President of Business Development at Timesys. “Providing LinuxLink support for Virtex FPGAs along with FPGA design services allows us to deliver an end-to-end platform design approach that is well aligned with FPGAs from Xilinx.”

For a limited time, developers can obtain free LinuxLink access to quickly configure, build and evaluate embedded Linux on Virtex-5 processors by registering at

Additional information about LinuxLink subscriptions for Xilinx processors can be found at

About Timesys

Timesys is the provider of LinuxLink, a high-productivity software development framework for embedded Linux applications. The LinuxLink framework includes the Linux kernel, cross-toolchain, application development IDE, an award-winning build system, called Factory, a vast library of middleware packages, software stacks and libraries, documentation and expert technical support. LinuxLink enables development teams to consistently build and maintain a custom, open source embedded Linux platform through regularly updated Linux sources, proven middleware packages, and a scriptable GNU-based build environment. LinuxLink reduces the time, resources, risk and cost associated with building a product based on open source Linux. For more information, visit

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About Xilinx

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Editors’ Notes:

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