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Timesys Partners with Digi International


April 08, 2010

Timesys Partners with Digi International

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor


Digi International (News - Alert) has selected Timesys Corporation as the preferred commercial Linux solutions provider for the company's new ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 wireless System-on-Module (SOM). Timesys is the provider of LinuxLink, a high-productivity software development framework for embedded Linux applications.

LinuxLink is the first commercial-grade Linux product based on providing developers with control over their embedded product development. It is the software development framework for embedded Linux, providing the best total solution for teams of all sizes, claims the company.

Offering a high-performance ARM (News - Alert) Cortex-A8 core, the new design from Digi is based on the powerful Freescale i.MX51 processor. The combination of the powerful SoC processor and Digi included peripherals, including pre-certified 802.11abgn WiFi (News - Alert) support, makes the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 a very attractive Linux solution. This is ideal for markets such as medical, consumer electronics and networking, where LinuxLink has already been adopted, states Digi International.

"The Cortex-A8 has been rapidly gaining popularity in various embedded designs where Linux is the operating system of choice,' said Maciej Halasz, Director of Product Management at Timesys. 'We are very pleased to team up with Digi International to provide our joint customers with the ability to create high-quality Linux solutions using the latest Digi ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 JumpStart Kit."

Many of the device drivers present on the Digi ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 reference design are now supported by Linux kernel and this includes Ethernet, LCD, Touchscreen, VGA, USB and more. By allowing developers to integrate third-party packages, custom applications and proprietary software, Timesys Factory automated build tools enable highly customized Linux designs on custom hardware.

Recently, Wintegra, a provider of access processing semiconductors, picked Timesys as a commercial Linux solutions provider for the WinPath3 network processor. Timesys LinuxLink support for WinPath3 will enable engineers to build custom Linux-based products for a variety of applications in the communications market targeted by the WinPath family. The WinPath3 is based on the 2.6.29 Linux kernel which integrates drivers for the reference board peripherals.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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