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Certified SDK gives device makers an integrated 'out-of-the-box' Linux solution

6 November 2002 Computer/Embedded Technology

Ampro has announced availability of a certified, production-quality Linux distribution from TimeSys for its PowerPC ISA- based EnCore PP1 module. Through its agreement with TimeSys, a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and Java development technologies, the two companies will jointly supply complete Linux operating system and development environments to accelerate the deployment of next generation OEM devices. TimeSys Linux SDKs for Ampro's MIPS and x86 boards and modules will follow soon.

"This inaugural product launch with Ampro is a significant step toward freeing OEM device makers from the uncertainty of marrying new software with new hardware," said Larry Weidman, CEO of TimeSys. "Porting an operating system to new hardware is one of the most difficult tasks in any product development process. By providing a proven, certified TimeSys Linux SDK on the production-ready Ampro EnCore PP1, development schedules can be shortened with dramatically reduced technical risk."

The EnCore PP1 is an embedded processor module featuring Motorola's 300 MHz MPC8245 integrated host processor with a 32-bit 66 MHz PCI bus interface, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, EIDE, serial, parallel, and USB ports, and Motorola JTAG connection. To speed initial development, the EnCore PP1 comes in a QuickStart Kit with RAM and reference baseboard with standardised connectors for easy peripheral connection. Each QuickStart Kit also comes with a certified TimeSys Linux distribution consisting of a complete package with OS, device drivers, GNU development tools, Windows (Cygwin) and Linux workstation development environments, a Root File System (RFS) with applications, utilities, and libraries, and a verified Bootloader.

Additionally, the QuickStart Kit includes evaluation copies of TimeSys Loadable Kernel Modules (LKMs). Kernel enhancements to support the TimeStorm, TimeTrace and TimeWiz tools are included in the QSK.



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