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April 5, 2010

Digi International enters into partnership with Timesys

To provide embedded Linux offerings for products designed with ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 system-on-module

By CBR Staff Writer

Timesys, a provider of the LinuxLink commercial software development framework, said that it has been selected by Digi International as the preferred commercial Linux offerings provider for Digi’s new ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 wireless System-on-Module (SOM).

The new design from Digi is based on Freescale i.MX51 processor which offers ARM Cortex-A8 core. Timesys Factory automated build tools are said to enable customised Linux designs on custom hardware by allowing developers to integrate third-party packages, custom applications and proprietary software.

According to Timesys, customers selecting Digi’s SOM and creating their custom hardware designs can leverage ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 LinuxLink subscription to adapt Linux and design/develop their product specific middleware and value-add applications.

LinuxLink customers can start with the recent Linux kernel which supports many of the device drivers present on the Digi ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 reference design, including ethernet, LCD, touchscreen, VGA, USB and more, the company said.

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Timesys said that application developers can benefit from LinuxLink development tools which include the Eclipse-based TimeStorm IDE and commonly used debugging tools, including the integration of a number of JTAG debuggers commonly used. The application development tools are integrated with the Factory assembled development environment.

In addition to the LinuxLink subscription, Timesys is also offering professional services to customers requiring access to experienced Linux system developers to work on specific projects in partnership with their in-house engineers.

Steve Ericson, vice president of product management at Digi International, said: “We have partnered with Timesys to provide our customers with access to such open source frameworks as rich user interfaces, media playback, networking utilities and more. LinuxLink provides rich Linux component selection for all markets that we target, including medical, consumer electronics and smart networking devices.”

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