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ARM embraces CELF

Oct 27, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Low-power processor core specialist ARM today announced its associate membership in the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), a group started in June to improve and promote Linux for use in consumer electronics.

ARM licenses its RISC processors, peripherals, and system-on-chip designs to electronics companies, and claims its cores are widely used in portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer, and other embedded solutions. ARM says it will participate in the Forum's various working groups, addressing and collaborating on embedded technology changes such as kernel design, size constraints, performances rates, and power management issues within microprocessor cores.

Established in June, the CELF is an industry group focused on advancing Linux as an open source platform for consumer electronics devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), handheld computers, and other audio visual devices. CELF members collaborate, clarify, and codify issues, designs, and specifications required by Linux that need to be addressed by the open source community. ARM joins other high-profile members including Motorola, NEC, Samsung, ST, and Texas Instruments, and founding members Matsushita and Sony.

“Changes from both a technical and architectural standpoint are needed to help the platform reach its full potential in a consumer electronics environment,” said Mary Inglis, director, Operating Systems and Alliances, ARM. “ARM is joining CELF… to help bring Linux into products people use everyday.”

“Linux's open-source nature, which frees developers and users from the constraints of proprietary middleware, also has many challenges. ARM is committed to working with CELF members on enhancing architectures, as well as maintaining industry quality controls, security and standards,” adds Inglis.

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