July 28, 2009 -- Timesys Corp. today announced LinuxLink availability for the new OMAP-L137 processor from Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI). This represents the first LinuxLink release for the low-power OMAP-L1x applications processors and will be followed by support for the OMAP-L138 processor.
LinuxLink lets users choose from the latest GNU-based toolchains enabled with uClibc and glibc libraries optimized for the ARM926EJ-S core. The Linux kernels initially available through LinuxLink are both the 2.6.18 and the recent 2.6.30 versions. Newer versions of Linux kernels will be available in LinuxLink as they become available from kernel.org. Device drivers are included for the full range of internal OMAP-L137 peripherals as well as for external devices present on TI's OMAP-L137 evaluation module (EVM).
Engineers are already using LinuxLink to develop OMAP-L137 processor-based designs such as medical instrumentation and industrial control systems. LinuxLink helps accelerate the development of products for these applications by providing access to hundreds of relevant middleware and packages such as lmsensors, Alsa, GStreamer, Qt/ Embedded for Linux and bluez, making it simple and easy to create footprint-optimized Linux platforms with a rich set of APIs well matched to the end application.
Linux developers can take advantage of both the online build system and the desktop-hosted version of LinuxLink. With either interface, developers can leverage the best Linux code from TI as well as from the open source community. The desktop version offers more flexibility than any other Linux build platform by allowing users to integrate third-party packages, custom applications and proprietary software. LinuxLink's update service automatically notifies customers of changes to any of the components used in their project.
LinuxLink users have access to the Eclipse-based TimeStorm IDE tools for application development and debugging. These development tools help ensure the quality, reliability and performance of the final product.
The OMAP-L1x low-power devices include a TMS320C674x digital signal processor (DSP) as well as the ARM926EJ-S core. LinuxLink subscribers use the Timesys environment to develop the Linux platform for the ARM core, while leveraging TI's DSP tools to develop and debug their DSP code.
For a limited time, developers can obtain free LinuxLink access to quickly configure, build and evaluate embedded Linux on TI OMAP-L137 development boards by registering at https://linuxlink.Timesys.com/register/factory. Developers should enter promotion code PRL137 when completing the online, free trial registration form.
Go to the Timesys Corp. website to find additional information.