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About Timesys

Our focus is on Embedded Open Source. Expertise, Software, Engineering Services, and Security.

Timesys is a pioneer and industry leader in open source software security, development tools and engineering services spanning the embedded software market. With Timesys’ expertise, OEMs, ODMS, and design houses cut development costs and accelerate time-to-market for BSPs and devices, HMI / UX, security, and IoT systems and applications using embedded Linux, Android, FreeRTOS and other open source solutions. Timesys offers a complete end-to-end device security solution enabling developers to implement security early in design and maintain strong security throughout product lifecycles with Vigiles, a real-time vulnerability monitoring and management service. Representing more than 20 years of embedded development experience, Timesys’ broad portfolio, embedded expertise, and extensive partner ecosystem are used by 1000+ projects to develop leading products and applications including medical, industrial, networking, aerospace, and consumer solutions.

Timesys Offers

  • Targeted expertise — more than two decades of experience as a Linux software and services firm, with more experience and expertise than other open source, embedded system integrators.
  • A broad portfolio — from embedded software development and integration services across a spectrum of elements and systems (e.g. BSPs, devices, mobile, IoT, etc.) to training, support, software, and tools.
  • The largest number of hardware partners — from SoC manufacturers, to SoM and SBC manufacturers and distributors — of any truly open source embedded software and services firm.
  • Easy on-boarding — from simple contracts to expert training and simple tools that work with open or commercial distributions of Linux. Secure evaluation agreements and NDAs quickly (typically in one or two days — versus weeks!).
  • Credibility and references — 1000+ completed projects related to open source products and services.
  • Global reach — with development in the U.S. and India, and sales and support in North America, EMEA, and APAC.

Our History

Timesys Corporation was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA by principals affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University to develop and market embedded operating system technology for devices requiring time-critical behavior. During our initial eight years, we made major contributions to the embedded industry by being:

  • The first to develop and maintain a real-time embedded Linux distribution
  • The first to register Carrier Grade Linux (CGL)
  • The first to deliver to the open source community a commercial-grade embedded Linux development framework (LinuxLink)
  • The first to develop and deliver an award-winning, automated, intelligent embedded Linux build system (Factory)
  • An early enabler of the Linux plug-in for Eclipse as a member of the Eclipse board of stewards starting in 2003
  • A founding member and early supporter of the Yocto Project, a Linux Foundation workgroup

Since then, we have grown the business by expanding regionally, building one of the largest partner ecosystems in the embedded industry, and focusing on embedded, open source software, tools and services to develop high performance BSPs and devices. Driven by industry trends and customer demands, it is time for us to move on to the next step.

Our Future

Customers now need embedded software services and tools that stem beyond simple BSPs. New capabilities such as mobility, networked devices, and multidimensional user interfaces (UIs) are making embedded projects more complex, creating new service opportunities. Timesys is responding by expanding its portfolio to support both “lower level” software needs via BSP hosting, security management, and field update management services, and “higher level” software needs via device development and integration, mobile development and access, and IoT development and integration services.

Want to know more?

To learn more about how Timesys can help your embedded project get to market faster and at lower costs, contact us via our online form, email us at or call us at 1.866.392.4897 (toll-free) or +1.412.232.3250.

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