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Linux kit helps FPGA users more easily develop mobile platform

Posted: 11 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? FPGA? viosoft? toolkit? field programmable gate array?

Pre-configured for Intel's PXA270 Mainstone DVK systemViosoft Corp. has developed a toolkit that enables FPGA designers to develop, debug, and deploy mobile applications based on QuickLogic's Wi-Fi bridge and?Watt programmable hard disk drive (HDD) controller for Intel Corp.'s PXA2xx embedded processor.

The Arriba Embedded Linux Edition for QuickLogic's mobile applications platform is pre-configured for Intel's PXA270 Mainstone DVK system and supports QuickLogic's mobile applications board (MAB) running under Embedded Linux.

It is designed with features that help designers of QuickLogic's?Watt field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) bring products to market more quickly for the portable and handheld markets.

The software has a source level debugger, which threads and processes from a single connection. The device driver can be debugged without pre-empting the PXA270 servicing of external interrupts. It also includes a graphic debugger GUI hosted on Linux and Windows platforms.

From a single desktop environment, Arriba Embedded Linux Edition can import, configure and integrate various components of the Linux kernel with their applications code. The software is designed with a GNU cross-compiler, as well as utilities tailored for the Intel PXA270 embedded processor.

"The challenge with developing applications and drivers for today's embedded systems is the ability to debug multi-media applications at full system speeds," said Hieu Tran, chief executive and chairman of Viosoft. "The integration of the Arriba Embedded Linux debugger with QuickLogic's Wi-Fi and HDD solution packs completes the Linux package that customers are looking for in a development environment."

The Viosoft Arriba Embedded Linux Edition is available for $4,999, while the Wi-Fi and HDD solution packs, QV-PXA-MiniPCI and QV-PXA-IDE are available for $999 from QuickLogic.

- Ismini Scouras

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