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Linux developer support service adds 32-bit MCU

Feb 27, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Timesys has added a new Atmel microcontroller (MCU) to its list of supported chips. The company is offering a free Linux-based board support package (BSP) for the AT91SAM9RL, a low-powered 32-bit RISC-based microcontroller targeting smart control panels.

(Click for slightly larger view of AT91SAM9RL-EK Development Board)

The free BSP enables developers to rapidly validate Linux on the AT91SAM9RL-EK Development Board (pictured above), says Timesys. The BSP is said to include Atmel's Linux kernel and drivers, BusyBox utilities, a Linux host/cross toolchain, and full documentation and support. Upgrading to a full LinuxLink subscription offers access to a regularly updated list of Linux components optimized for the AT91SAM9RL, including the 2.6.22 Linux kernel, hundreds of precompiled 9RL packages, and a reference distribution. It also provides open source and Timesys-developed tools, including the TimeStorm Eclipse-based IDE.

AT91SAM9RL block diagram
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The AT91SAM9RL news follows the September announcement that Timesys was giving away a free (with registration) Linux BSP said to support all of Atmel's AT91SAM9-series microcontrollers. (Links to stories on specific SAM9 microcontrollers are listed at the end of the story.)


Both the free AT91SAM9RL BSP and LinuxLink subscription are available here, and more information on the AT91SAM9RL is available at the Atmel site, here. LinuxLink for AT91SAM9RL is being demonstrated today and tomorrow in the Timesys booth (#11-113) at the Embedded World conference in Nuremberg, Germany.

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