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Embedded Linux platform supports ARM, Intel, MIPs, Power

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:commercial embedded Linux platform?

Wind River has just introduced its fourth-generation commercial embedded Linux platform based on the recently released Linux 2.6.34+ kernel, cross-compiling toolchains GCC 4.4, EGLIBC 2.11 and GDB 7, and support for leading ARM, Intel, MIPS and Power architectures. Wind River Linux 4 is likewise on track for compliancy with the forthcoming Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 5.0 standards for high availability and serviceability, as well as for Linux Standard Base (LSB) 4.0 certification requirements for application portability.

VP of marketing and strategy for Linux products at Wind River, Paul Anderson cites, "With the introduction of Wind River Linux 4, we're providing customers with the latest Linux technology in a stable, tested and integrated development environment. Having a fully supported, development-ready Linux platform enables customers to reduce cost and time-to-market by focusing resources on product differentiation and revenue-impacting activities, rather than spending time reinventing base technologies or dealing with potential open source license issues."

Other key features the Wind River Linux 4 consist of: multiple options for virtualization strategies to leverage the power of multi-core hardware, from KVM paravirtualized device drivers in the kernel to Wind River Hypervisor; support for a fully pre-emptible kernel (PREEMPT RT) and a seamless migration path for teams currently developing products on Wind River Linux 3.x.

It also touts user space, workflow and tool enhancements to increase productivity and facilitate resource sharing across multiple teams including a new source management control solution and new tools to speed cross-compiling and debugging.

Board support packages for next generation multiprocessors from Cavium Networks, Freescale, Intel, NetLogic Microsystems and Texas Instruments; Capability for customers to build applications in a native build environment on x86-based machines and reduce customer development and diagnosis time on x86-based platforms.

Practice director of the embedded software team at VDC, Steve Balacco says, "In the VDC 2010 Embedded Software Engineering Market Technologies report, we estimated that Wind River achieved market share lead in 2009 for the Commercial Embedded Linux Distributions segment with greater than 49 percent of total market revenue, more than twenty one percentage points over the next closest competitor." He continues, "The release of Wind River's latest Linux platform, Wind River Linux 4, leverages the innovation of the open source community in a commercially available and supportable product offering."





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