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Alchemy Au1000 SOC gains Hard Hat Linux support

Jan 31, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Sunnyvale, CA — (press release excerpt) — Alchemy Semiconductor announced today that it is partnering with MontaVista Software to provide an embedded Linux development tool kit for its Au1000 system-on-chip (SOC) platform. Alchemy, an Austin-based fabless semiconductor company will leverage MontaVista's flagship product, Hard Hat Linux, to target the Internet Edge Device market. Building on Alchemy's expertise in high performance, low power and high integration SOCs, and MontaVista's proficiency and track record with embedded Linux, the companies together address the needs of developers faced with designing better edge products and bringing them to market more quickly.

The Alchemy Au1000 is a high performance, low power SOC based on the MIPS32 architecture, power dissipation less than half a watt at 400MHz and targeted at the Internet Edge Device market: Customer Premise (CPE) products, including both wireless hand-held enterprise PDAs and remote Internet access products; and Internet infrastructure products, such as routers and line cards.

The MontaVista Hard Hat Linux development kit will support Alchemy's Au1000 reference platform, including tools for the MIPS32-based SOC core CPU, and device support for PCMCIA and USB interfaces, display controller and touch screen, serial and modem ports, dual Ethernet, home PNA and CODEC audio, telephony interfaces.

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