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DIY embedded Linux service deemed “disruptive”

Mar 30, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Embedded Linux development services provider TimeSys is among seven companies chosen for a new Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) attraction designed to showcase innovative startups. The “Disruption Zone” honors startups that significantly “speed electronics design and development, and improve digital signal and memory performance,” CMP said.

Edward Nash

Additionally, TimeSys today announced the appointment of Edward Nash, an embedded industry veteran of 20 years, to the post of vice president of engineering. Nash is charged with ensuring the company “delivers on-demand access to continuously updated processor-optimized Linux packages, components and tools,” the company said.

According to David Blaza, publisher of CMP's Embedded System Design magazine, companies participating in the ESC Disruption Zone pay a small amount, but that the sum is not prohibitive. Instead, participation is intended to reflect an editorial selection. Blaza said, “Led by [CommsDesign editor] Rich Nass, we turned down at least eight companies that wanted to participate [in the Zone].”

According to a CMP Media statement, TimeSys made the grade because it “empowers 'roll-your-own' developers to rapidly and efficiently create their own commercial-grade custom Linux platform. The continuously updated components, information and systems offered through LinuxLink subscriptions are aggregated from the open source community [and] semiconductor manufacturers.”

CMP describes other Zone participants and their disruptive offerings as follows:

  • eASIC Corporation has developed a breakthrough technology allowing electronic designers to significantly cut costs, shorten turnaround time and achieve high performance while using conventional design flow and standard manufacturing process.
  • Encirq delivers DeviceSQL [story], a breakthrough software technology that radically simplifies and shortens application development while enabling engineers to optimize how data is processed and managed in their designs.
  • Quickfilter Technologies has a family of mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for signal conditioning and digital signal processing / filtering for sensor based applications including industrial control and monitoring, medical patient monitoring and diagnostic equipment, wireless sensor networks, and many more.
  • Innovative Silicon develops and licenses innovative memory technology for SoC/MPU applications.
  • Sidense designs and develops the future of field-programmable, high density and secure, non-volatile memories using deep sub-micron Logic CMOS technologies.

    Micro/sys “StackableUSB”
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  • StackableUSB maintains the point-to-point connections and star topology required by USB and at the same time allows the connections to be routed up the stack to the next peripheral in line. The result is a rugged, industrial system using USB protocol. [story]

The Embedded Systems Conference takes place April 1-5, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA. Additional details are here.

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