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Embedded computer maker adds Debian Linux

Jun 7, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Embedded board-maker VersaLogic has started shipping free Linux BSPs (board support packages) for two more of its single-board computers (SBCs). Based on Debian Linux, the BSPs are expected to streamline hardware setup for customers of the company's Gecko and Puma boards.

VersaLogic previously offered Linux BSPs for two Pentium M-based boards, the Cobra EBX module and the Cheetah PC/104-Plus module. The company appears to have transitioned its Linux BSPs from Fedora to Debian Linux at some point in 2006.

Newly Debianized boards

The Puma is a compact, rugged PC/104-Plus form-factor CPU module with low power requirements, lots of functionality, and no moving parts. Based on an x86-compatible AMD Geode GX500 processor, it targets portable devices, vehicular/aircraft controls, medical electronics, and “many other OEM applications,” according to the company.

VersaLogic Puma (left) and Gecko (right) boards
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The Gecko is an EPIC (4.5 x 6.5 inch) board targeting medical, homeland security, semiconductor, and industrial control applications. It integrates a full embedded PC, including processor, CRT/LCD video, networking, and data acquisition and control subsystems, the company says.

Gary Harris, VP of engineering, stated, “These packages make Linux installation as easy, or easier, than other commercial operating systems.”


VersaLogic's Debian BSPs are available now to “qualified OEMs” that order supported SBCs for evaluation — including those ordering the company's “no-charge 45-day product evaluation.” The BSPs are suitable for use exploring board capabilities during system development, or as the base OS in the target system, according to the company.

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