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ARM11-based mobile apps processor gains Linux support

May 31, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

Freescale's ARM11-based i.MX31 mobile applications processor has gained commercial Linux support through TimeSys's subscription-based Web service offering for embedded Linux developers. The i.MX31 LinuxLink was announced by Freescale Semiconductor Japan and long-time TimeSys ASSP (authorized sales/support partner) Nissin Systems, at the Embedded Technology West trade show in Osaka, May 10-11.

The i.MX31 is Freescale's successor to the ARM9-based i.MX21, a popular mobile applications processor that has long been supported by Nissin and TimeSys's LinuxLink service. The new i.MX31 clocks from 532MHz to 665MHz, but rivals faster chips, thanks to an advanced crossbar switch enabling a low eCPI ratio (effective cycles per instruction), FreeScale says. The i.MX31 also integrates extensive power management and security features, and is optionally available with OpenGL-compliant 2D/3D accelleration and a VPU (vector floating-point unit).

TimeSys describes its LinuxLink service as a “comprehensive source for embedded developers.” LinuxLink aims to provide up-to-date kernels, tool chains, root file systems, and development tools for supported processors, through an SOA (service-oriented architecture) online model. The service is also available with an eclipse-based IDE (integrated development environment) that integrates with additional web services.

LinuxLink support for the i.MX31 was delivered and developed by Nissin Systems, in partnership with TimeSys in the U.S., the companies say. Nissin will provide Japanese-language support for TimeSys's i.MX31 LinuxLink.

Nissin also plans to collaborate with Freescale Japan on the integration and marketing of development platforms for i.MX31-based networking products, such as a network-enabled camera, security camera, IP TV phone, media player, biometrics authentication device, and other business equipment.

Akihide Usui, GM of the consumer business group at Freescale Semiconductor Japan, said, “Because our i.MX31 will be supported in addition to i.MX21, which has been already supported by TimeSys and Nissin Systems, we can enhance the environment to provide customers who require higher performance, multimedia functionality, and lower power with optimal Linux-enabled solutions.”

TimeSys CEO Larry Weidman added, “We are pleased to strengthen our long-standing and valuable partnership with Nissin. TimeSys is honored to support Nissin's Embedded Solution offering by extending the LinuxLink subscription service to include the i.MX31.”

In addition to serving as its Japanese ASSP, Nissin Systems has been a TimeSys investor.

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