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Hypervisor supports Linux on Atom

Mar 5, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

[Updated Mar. 9] — VirtualLogix is touting its virtual machine environment's support for Intel's Atom Z530 processor. The stack is being marketed toward applications that include in-vehicle infotainment, industrial automation, and control applications.

Touted benefits to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) using VLX for Atom are said to include:

  • Lower operational and cost constraints in migrating to the Atom
  • Reduction of Bill of Materials (BOM) due to converging multiple OS environments on a common platform
  • Improved security from isolating mission-critical execution domains from the less trustworthy ones
  • Accelerated development for tight time-to-market deadlines

New automotive Atoms

Intel's Atom Z530 can be clocked to 1.6GHz, and, along with the 1.1GHz 510, offers seven-year lifecycle support. Intel recently announced a newer set of Atom processors based on the Z530 and Z510. The Z530P and Z510P, as well as two more extended-temperature “PT” Atom models, are “larger footprint” versions of these chips that target the automotive market. They use a 22 x 22mm package that includes an integrated heat spreader.

Last April, VirtualLogix updated its VLX-NI (network infrastructure) version of VLX to support newer Intel Architecture (IA) features including Intel VT-d (virtualization technology for directed I/O), Microsoft Windows guests, and Core Microarchitecture 3.0.

Stated Jonathan Luse, Director of Marketing, Low Power Embedded Products, Intel, “Our well-supported software ecosystem, including VirtualLogix VLX real-time virtualization, delivers a flexible combination of software execution environments.”

Availability

VLX for the Atom Z530 is available now, says VirtualLogix.


 
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