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November 9, 2009

Timesys offers Linux support for TI Sitara family of AM35x MPUs

Allows customers to design applications by selecting packages/middleware offered through LinuxLink's online and desktop-hosted build tools

By CBR Staff Writer

Timesys has announced that LinuxLink customers working with the Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara family of AM35x microprocessors (MPUs) can have their platform and development environment with integrated OpenGL ES 2.0.

According to Timesys, LinuxLink customers can choose from the new GNU-based toolchains enabled with uClibc and glibc libraries optimised for the Cortex-A8 core and the Neon instruction set.

The initial release is based on the 2.6.31 Linux kernel and comes with support for device drivers, including, ethernet, flash, LCD and USB, which are present on the AM3517 Evaluation Module from Texas Instruments.

Customers who use LinuxLink to design around Linux on AM3517 MPUs benefit from the new open source code. It allows customers to design applications by selecting from hundreds of packages/middleware offered through LinuxLink’s online and desktop-hosted build tools that facilitate the process of building and integrating the custom Linux platform, the company said.

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The company claims that the desktop version of the Factory build tool offers flexibility compared to any other Linux build platform by allowing users to integrate third-party packages, custom applications and proprietary software. Application developers will benefit from LinuxLink development tools, including the Eclipse-based TimeStorm IDE and commonly used debugging tools.

In addition to the LinuxLink product, Timesys also offers professional services to customers requiring access to experienced Linux system developers.

Maciej Halasz, director of product management at Timesys, said: We’ve had tremendous success so far in helping our customers build Linux-based products with TI processors, and we are excited to further enhance our support by offering LinuxLink support for AM3517 and AM3505 based designs.

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