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DIY embedded Linux service adds PowerPC SoC

Mar 6, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 9 views

Embedded Linux service provider TimeSys has added support for a PowerPC SoC (system-on-chip) targeting networking and pervasive computing applications, such as printing/imaging, wireless access, industrial control, and media processing. The company says its LinuxLink subscription for AMCC's 440EPx offers on-demand access to continuously updated processor-optimized Linux packages, components, and tools.

AMCC began sampling the 440EPx in May of 2005, about a year after acquiring IBM's 400-series PowerPC processors. The superscalar chip clocks to 667MHz, and features a 64-bit DDRI/DDRII SDRAM controller with optional ECC (error checking/correction), a 32-bit PCI 2.2 compliant interface, dual gigabit Ethernet MACs, four UARTs, a serial communications port, two I2C units, GPIOs, PIC, and a NAND flash controller.

AMCC PowerPC 440EPx SoC block diagram
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TimeSys says its LinuxLink subscriptions for AMCC's 440EPx provide:

  • A reference distribution that provides a starting point for customized distributions
  • Several different kernel versions, including 2.6.19
  • A repository of hundreds of source and binary cross-compiled packages
  • An Eclipse-based IDE (integrated development environment)
  • Testing and profiling tools
  • Tools for cross-compiling packages, enabling customers to add their own applications to their customized platform
  • An online environment that allows development teams to collaboratively design and build their distribution, with weekly alerts to notify customers of new content and resources
  • Access through the LinuxLink Developer Network, including documentation and interactive support from TimeSys and the embedded Linux community


TimeSys LinuxLink subscriptions for AMCC's 440EPx are available now. LinuxLinks are also available for AMCC's 405EP, 405GP, 405GPr, 440EP, 440GP, 440GX, 440SP, and 440SPe processors.

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