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DIY Linux subscription targets ARM11 SoC

Nov 3, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Timesys has announced a LinuxLink subscription that supports the Freescale i.MX31 PDK (product development kit) for the ARM11-based i.MX31 system-on-chip (SoC). Timesys is supporting the i.MX31 PDK with the usual Linux kernel (2.6.24), toolchain, and precompiled packages, plus several multimedia… applications, says the company.

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The subscription includes a Linux 2.6.24 kernel, GNU toolchain, and hundreds of pre-compiled root filesystem (RFS) packages, says Timesys. It is also said to include access to the Timesys TimeStorm development tools, web-based support, and documentation for customizing and testing an embedded Linux platform for multimedia applications. A mini desktop, web browser, streaming audio player, and video player for the multimedia-oriented i.MX31 SoC is also provided.

i.MX31 PDK modules
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Freescale shipped its i.MX31 PDK in June, including a CPU module, a “Personality” (peripherals) module, a debugging device, and board support packages (BSPs) for either Linux or Windows CE. The i.MX31 itself, which shipped in 2005, has been incorporated in a variety of consumer, automotive, industrial, and general embedded devices. Based on an ARM 1136JF-S core, the SoC is clockable from 532MHz to 665MHz, and features a crossbar switch that “nearly eliminates wait states,” according to Freescale.

The company also manufactures an i.MX21, introduced in 2004, and an i.MX27 processor, announced last June, both of which use the ARM926EJ-S core. In May, Freescale announced a i.MX37 SoC, which is based on an ARM1176JZF-S core.

Stated Greg Quiggle, VP of Sales and Marketing for Timesys, “The Freescale i.MX31 PDK is a great platform to prototype and evaluate multimedia applications on embedded Linux.”


LinuxLink for Freescale's i.MX31 PDK is available now, says Timesys. More information may be found here. LinuxLink support for additional Freescale PDK configurations, including the i.MX27 PDK, will be available over the next several months, says the company.

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