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Hardware/software kit teaches embedded Linux

Aug 18, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 43 views

Intellimetrix, a specialist in real-time and embedded software development and training, has introduced a low-cost embedded Linux learning kit. Aptly named the Embedded Linux Learning Kit (ELLK), the kit comprises an ARM-based SBC (single-board computer), cables, power supply, Linux OS, development tools, and comprehensive… documentation.

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According to Intellimetrix founder and principal consultant Doug Abbott, ELLK offers a “practical, self-paced, hands-on way to get started in the exciting world of embedded Linux. Unlike so-called development kits — a single board computer (SBC), a power supply, cables, and a CD with a random collection of Linux software — the ELLK is specifically designed to teach embedded Linux.”

Abbott says the kit includes a comprehensive 70-plus page manual that covers:

  • Hardware setup and configuration
  • Building and installing a kernel image and a root filesystem in flash
  • Basic application development and debugging
  • Accessing hardware with and without device drivers
  • Networking, and more

The ELLK is based on an ARM9 processor-based SBC and comes preloaded with a Linux kernel. Features of the board are said to include:

  • Atmel AT91RM9200 ARM9 processor clocked at 180 MHz (200 MIPS preformance)
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • 32 MB NAND flash
  • 16 MB of “parallel flash”
  • 16 KB bootloader EEPROM
  • SD/MMC socket
  • Parallel LCD interface
  • 10/100 Ethernet port
  • USB 2.0 host and device ports
  • IrDA transceiver
  • RS-232 serial port for debugging
  • On-board temperature sensor
  • User-programmable LEDs and switches.

An LCD graphics display add-on is available as an option.

In addition to the SBC and documentation, the kit includes a “brick” power supply, serial and Ethernet crossover cables, and a software CD containing cross-development tools, 2.6.13 kernel source, an Eclipse-based IDE, and “tutorial” code samples, Abbott says.

“This is the kind of tool I wish I had had when I was climbing that steep Linux learning curve a few years back,” comments Abbott. “The sample code has been written with clarity and readability in mind and the exercises move in a logical progression where each step builds on the ones before.”


The kit is currently priced at $349, which includes free USPS Priority shipping within the U.S. for orders placed before October 1, 2006. Further details are available on Intellimetrix's website, here.

Note: Abbott also serves as editor of this site's sister site,

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