News Archive (1999-2012) | 2013-current at LinuxGizmos | Current Tech News Portal |    About   

Configurable processor core gains embedded Linux support

Apr 23, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Tensilica announced today that its Xtensa microprocessor architecture now supports MontaVista's embedded Linux operating system. Xtensa offers a customizable processor core that targets high volume applications for datacom and telecom protocol processing, digital cameras, set-top boxes, office automation products, and wireless devices.

MontaVista Linux for Xtensa supports Tensilica's “Operating System Overlay” methodology, whereby developers begin with software configured for the base version of Xtensa. As modifications to the processor are made, Xtensa's OSKit is automatically generated, thereby allowing host and target to gain updates for the customized extensions. This process allows the operating system to run on any unique Xtensa configuration that meets minimum MontaVista Linux requirements.

The hardware and software are being demonstrated at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco this week.

This article was originally published on and has been donated to the open source community by QuinStreet Inc. Please visit for up-to-date news and articles about Linux and open source.

Comments are closed.