Timesys Services for Boot Time Reduction
As embedded devices are becoming increasingly robust in functionality and capability, the increase in product requirements and hardware capability often results in longer system boot times. By considering various optimizations which can be done 1) at the bootloader layer, 2) at the Linux kernel and device driver layer, and 3) at the root filesystem layer, there are numerous ways to speed up the time it takes to boot the device you are building.
While there are basic optimizations that can be easily implemented, for devices requiring a significant reduction in boot time, Timesys Professional Services can help.
Boot Time Evaluation Service
Our Boot Time Evaluation Service begins with a phone consultation or web meeting that will enable us to gain an understanding of your specific requirements. Following the consultation, the Timesys engineering team will analyze your specific product requirements, and make recommendations tailored to meet both those requirements and your engineering teams’ Linux experience. The advice will be aligned with your current engineering processes so you can decide on the next steps to take with your project.
The Timesys analysis will provide you with:
- Detailed information on where the boot time is being spent.
- Recommendations for system boot time reduction.
Boot Time Reduction Services
Timesys has many years of experience helping companies build embedded Linux products with or without real-time enhancements and in maintaining those products throughout their entire product lifecycle. We understand that often times your preference is to use your internal engineering resources to develop value-add software that will differentiate your product and bring those products to market. In addition to the Boot Time Evaluation Service, Timesys also offers professional services to help you with all aspects of reducing the system boot time of your product, enabling you to build your product on your schedule and to your specifications.
- Timesys’ deliverables will be fully tested to meet your quality requirements.
- We will work with your project management team or provide one for you so that you have an understanding of schedules, milestones and deliverables at all times.
- Timesys will also provide support so that you can feel comfortable delivering your product to market, knowing you have the backing of a trusted commercial Linux vendor.
Need Extremely Fast Boot Time?
For engineering teams requiring extremely fast boot times, Timesys recommends Warp!! — a quick-start solution for embedded Linux that can enable systems to boot as much as 9x* faster.
Warp!! is a licensed product that saves a snapshot image of the system memory while applications are running and the hardware status (contents of register) to a designated hibernation area. By restoring the snapshot image directly when the device is powered on, Warp!! significantly reduces the amount of code and memory access required at boot time.
Want to see Warp!! in action?
To see a comparison of boot time with and without Warp!!, just click on one of the comparison videos below.
NXP i.MX 6 Processor — Embedded Linux Qt Application
In this comparison video featuring the Digi ConnectCore 6 SBC, the board with Warp!! boots and loads an embedded Linux Qt based application in seconds.
View the Video
*System boot time reduction with Warp!! will vary based on individual hardware specifications.
Have a project you’d like to discuss?
We’d be happy to discuss how Timesys Professional Services can help you reduce system boot time. For more information about our Boot Time Reduction offering or if you'd like to learn more about Warp!!, fill out our online form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1.866.392.4897 (toll-free) or +1.412.232.3250.