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$7 ARM9 SoC gains development support

May 28, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Timesys is offering a LinuxLink subscription for Atmel's ARM9-based AT91SAM9G20 system-on-chip (SoC). The subscription includes a 2.6.25 Linux kernel, toolchain, and hundreds of glibC and uClibc packages optimized for the low-power $7 SoC, says Timesys.

Announced earlier this month, the AT91SAM9G20 consumes a maximum of 80mW, says Atmel, and offers has twice the clock speed and four times the cache of its pin-compatible predecessor, the AT91SAM9260. Like the 9260, the 9G20 is equipped with an ARM926EJ-S core, but it quadruples data and instruction caches to 32KB apiece, doubles internal ROM to 64KB, and doubles SRAM from 8KB to 16KB. The clock speed, meanwhile, has increased from 190MHz to 400MHz.

The LinuxLink subscription offers a Linux platform that has been “pre-complied, integrated and tested” for the AT91SAM9G20 Evaluation Kit, says Timesys. The package also provides the company's TimeStorm development tools, plus web-based support and documentation. In September of last year, Timesys offered a free board support package (BSP) for Atmel's AT91SAM9-series microcontrollers, including the AT91SAM9260.

A block diagram of the AT91SAM9G20
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Stated Greg Quiggle, VP of Sales and Marketing for Timesys, “With LinuxLink, subscribers have access to the software, tools and support to quickly assemble, test and profile a custom Linux platform for a wide variety of PoS terminal, industrial and building automation applications.”


The LinuxLink subscription for the AT91SAM9G20 is available now, says Timesys. More information on Timesys support for Atmel's processors may be available here.

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