February 15, 2006

LinuxLink Subscription for Freescale MPC8548E

Kimberly Booth writes "TimeSys Introduces LinuxLink Subscription for Freescale’s MPC8548E Communications Processor Family

Continuously Updated Online Resource for Embedded Linux Developers Includes Latest Freescale-developed Linux, Development Tools and Packages

PITTSBURGH, PA – February 14, 2006 – TimeSys® Corporation, the leading developer service provider for the embedded Linux market, today announced the availability of a new LinuxLink subscription for embedded Linux developers creating their own commercial-grade custom Linux platform for devices based on the MPC8548E PowerQUICC™ III communications processor family from Freescale Semiconductor.

LinuxLink by TimeSys™ is the first commercial offering to support the majority of embedded developers who build and assemble their own commercial-grade custom Linux platform by delivering on-demand access to continuously-updated processor-optimized Linux and components, a rich development environment and community support. This is a significant departure from commercial Linux vendors that dictate feature sets and release schedules, resulting in platforms that diverge significantly from the Open Source community.

The MPC8548E family includes the latest Freescale processors to be supported by a LinuxLink subscription through Freescale’s membership in the TimeSys OnBoard Program™ for leading semiconductor manufacturers. Through the OnBoard Program, the latest Linux optimizations developed by Freescale to optimize performance on its processors are commercialized as LinuxLink subscriptions. LinuxLink subscriptions are now available for over 35 Freescale processors.

“LinuxLink subscriptions deliver the latest Freescale Linux optimizations to developers in a commercially-supported resource that evolves with the rapid pace of open source development,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, PowerQUICC marketing manager at Freescale Semiconductor. “LinuxLink provides developers creating their own Linux platform with a range of resources optimized for their Freescale processor of choice.”

Developers targeting the Freescale MPC8548E family can choose from a number of flexible LinuxLink subscription options to receive continuous access to the latest Freescale-developed Linux, hundreds of cross-compiled packages, a processor-optimized cross-development environment, alerts to relevant updates and Developer Exchange access to interactive support from TimeSys, Freescale and the Open Source community. The combination of features available exclusively through LinuxLink equips developers with ongoing access to the most up-to-date embedded Linux resource for Freescale’s MPC8548E processors through every stage of development.

“The LinuxLink subscription for the MPC8548E processor family is the latest example of how TimeSys’ OnBoard relationship with Freescale has resulted in an ever-growing number of LinuxLink subscriptions for developers targeting Freescale processors,” said Larry Weidman, president and CEO of TimeSys. “TimeSys will continue to introduce additional choices for the significant numbers of embedded developers targeting Freescale processors.”

About the LinuxLink Subscription for the Freescale MPC8548E Processor Family

Each LinuxLink subscription for MPC8548E processors includes:

Hundreds of cross-compiled, ready-to-use packages already validated on the MPC8548E processor family, which save weeks or months from the process of gathering, cross-compiling and testing components.

The latest Linux distributions from Freescale, optimized and tested on reference boards for the MPC8548E family, enabling developers to get started out-of-the-box with a commercial Linux solution while receiving updates and patches throughout the development cycle.

Processor-optimized cross-development environment with compilers, application and kernel debuggers and platform development tools. This allows developers to focus on application development and simplify feature, performance and footprint optimization for their Linux platform.

Participation in the Developer Exchange for online, interactive support from TimeSys, Freescale and the Open Source community. This enables developers to leverage community expertise for help, education, technical information and best practices to support their embedded Linux project.

About the Freescale MPC8548E Processor Family

Freescale’s MPC8548E PowerQUICC III communications processor family defines innovation by delivering extreme integration, gigahertz-class performance and multiple high-speed interconnects—all within an attractive price envelope for cost-sensitive, yet computationally intensive embedded applications. Key features include the e500 PowerPC core (sampling today at 1.333GHz), 512KB L2 cache, integrated security engine, 64-bit DDR1 or DDR2 scaling to 533 MHz data rate, dual 32-bit PCI or 64-bit PCI-X, 4-bit Serial RapidIO fabric technology and 4-bit PCI-Express (in a x8 / x4/ x2 or x1 lane configuration), local bus IO interface, and four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The MPC8548E family consists of four processors, each tuned to specific markets:

MPC8548E networking/telecom processor – Designed for Ethernet-only or RapidIO interworking in enterprise networking, telecom transmission/switching and 3G wireless basestations.

MPC8547E storage processor – Offers integrated security acceleration with Exclusive Or (XOR) capability.

MPC8545E imaging processor – Includes double-precision floating point capability and PCI Express for high-speed connectivity required by advanced imaging applications.

MPC8543E general-purpose control processor – Cost-effective device ideally suited for a wide range of general-purpose embedded control applications, such as robotics and factory automation.

Pricing and Availability.

The LinuxLink subscription for the Freescale MPC8548E processor family is available now and is licensed annually per-processor for $3,000. For more information, visit http://www.timesys.com/processor/freescale.htm.

About TimeSys Corporation.

TimeSys is the leading developer service provider for the embedded Linux market, delivering LinuxLink subscriptions that empower developers to rapidly and efficiently create their own commercial-grade custom Linux platform. The continuously updated cross-compiled components, information and systems offered through LinuxLink subscriptions are aggregated from the open source community, semiconductor manufacturers and TimeSys and hosted in the TimeSys Network. For more information, visit www.timesys.com. .

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