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DIY Linux service supports Cortex-A8

Jul 21, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Timesys is offering a LinuxLink subscription for the Texas Instruments OMAP35xx line of system-on-chips (SoCs). The subscription includes the new 2.6.26 Linux kernel, toolchain, and hundreds of prebuilt, ready-to-use RFS (root file system) packages optimized for the processors, says Timesys.

The LinuxLink subscription offers a Linux platform that has been “pre-complied, integrated, and tested” for the OMAP 35x EVM reference platform, says Timesys. The package also provides the company's TimeStorm development tools, plus web-based support and documentation.

Announced in February, TI's OMAP35xx line includes the OMAP3503, OMAP3515, OMAP3525, and OMAP3530. The processors are nearly identical to TI's OMAP3440, a cellphone-oriented chip that was launched about the same time. At the time, TI touted the OMAP35xx parts as availing low-volume embedded customers of the latest technology used in high-volume mobile phone chips.

TI OMAP35x family overview
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The 35xx devices are based on 600MHz Cortex-A8 cores, featuring on-chip DSPs and graphics capabilities ranging from SD to HD video. Built with a 65nm process, they incorporate TI's SmartReflex technology for dynamic control of voltage, frequency, and power. Available development boards include Logic's OMAP35x SOM-LV and the Beagle board, an ultra low-cost board created by a small team of TI engineers.

TI OMAP35x diagram
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Stated Greg Quiggle, VP of Sales and Marketing for Timesys, “This LinuxLink is our first to support the recently released 2.6.26 kernel as well as support the ARM Cortex-A8 core architecture. Given the strong initial demand, we will likely expand this LinuxLink within the coming weeks to add support for additional OMAP-based reference platforms and further expand the available pre-compiled multimedia package offerings.”


LinuxLink subscriptions for Texas Instruments OMAP35xx line of system-on-chips (SoCs) is available now, says Timesys. More information should be available here.

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