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XScale dev kit supports commercial embedded Linux

Dec 20, 2004 — by Henry Kingman — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Vibren says its development kit for Intel XScale-based devices now supports a commercial embedded Linux distribution from LynuxWorks. The Accelent DevkitIDP includes a development board and LCD module, and supports LynuxWorks BlueCat Embedded Linux. It targets mobile and other devices based on Intel's PXA255 processor.

(Click for larger view of Vibren's Accelent DevkitIDP)

The Intel PXA255 is a popular chip used in many Linux PDAs and other devices, especially mobile devices and those with low power requirements. Vibren says developers can use its Accelent DevkitIDP to create PDAs, web pads, A/V devices, kiosks, POS (point-of-sales/services) devices, and vertical market devices.

Key features of the DevkitIDP include:

  • Integrated LCD display, touch panel and keyboard
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • JTAG connector
  • 2 PCMCIA/Compact Flash slots with adapter
  • USB Host and Function
  • Multiple ports for use in application development
  • System bootloader that supports Flash ROM updates from PCMCIA, Compact Flash, and Ethernet
  • Easily upgradeable system bootloader and OS image
  • System bootloader that supports display output and menu-driven boot options
  • Production quality OS image
  • Binary modules include:
    • USB Host and Function
    • IrDA
    • Ethernet
    • AC'97 Audio
    • LCD Display
    • Touch Panel
    • PCMCIA/Compact Flash
    • Matrix Keyboard
    • UART

Vibren describes LynuxWorks BlueCat Linux as an implementation of the Linux model based on the Linux 2.6 kernel that has been optimized for embedded applications. LynuxWorks also offers Luminosity, an Eclipse-based IDE (integrated development environment) that works with BlueCat.

Vibren's VP of business development, Tom DeSisto, said, “The open source community is moving into embedded systems design with great success. LynuxWorks gives them quality and stability."


The Vibren Accelent DevkitIDP and LynuxWorks BlueCat Linux are available now, and are sold separately. Vibren also offers embedded engineering and Linux development services.

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