December 11, 2001

TimeSys announces TimeSys Linux GPL for multiple embedded boards/microprocessor configurations

Author: JT Smith

TimeSys Corporation, a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and Java development technologies, today announced the availability of TimeSys Linux GPL, a freely distributed, open source operating system for multiple embedded boards. Each version of the TimeSys Linux GPL is specifically designed for use with different embedded processor architectures including PowerPC, ARM, Super-H and Pentium. TimeSys Linux GPL will now support six of the most popular embedded boards, with ports to more leading boards under development for release early next year. TimeSys Linux GPL represents the lowest-latency Linux kernel available and most powerful and flexible embedded operating system on the market.

TimeSys Linux GPL is a full Linux distribution for all supported embedded boards that includes everything needed to develop, deploy, and maintain an embedded platform, including not only the world's lowest-latency Linux kernel, but also all the libraries, tool chains, utilities, drivers, scripts, and documentation, all distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). TimeSys Linux GPL consists of a powerful, fully featured, preemptible Linux kernel and all other components needed to extend a standard Linux distribution to support predictable, extremely low-latency response. The fully preemptible capabilities mean the kernel has bounded, mutex-based kernel locking with a new fixed priority scheduler, schedulable (meaning the developer sets the priorities) interrupt handlers, and schedulable extended interrupt handlers, including the IP stack.

Advanced, low-latency and highly predictable development technologies are in great demand within telecommunications, automotive, aerospace, industrial/process controls and military sectors. These sectors are placing increasingly more stringent demands on their systems with lower tolerance for error and unpredictability. As real-time systems are becoming more prevalent, TimeSys now supports developers on the industry's leading embedded boards who are building systems in these markets.

"Our announcement represents two key milestones in the embedded Linux industry," said TimeSys President and CEO Larry Weidman. "We've made it easier for developers to accelerate the design and analysis process while also providing higher assurances that systems will be more flexible and reliable under the most demanding circumstances and customer requirements. Before today, customers had to choose between true real-time functionality and Linux. Now they can have both in a way that dramatically improves the development process."

Linux is emerging not only as a viable alternative to proprietary systems, but is becoming a preferred operating system because it is open source, offering lower costs and reduced risk because it?s not vendor-dependent as proprietary systems are. TimeSys Linux GPL is now optimized to take advantage of the architectural features of each of the following boards:

  • PowerPC; Embedded Planet?s RPX-CLLF and Synergy's VGM5
  • ARM; Cirrus Logic CDB 89712
  • Super-H; Hitachi Solution Engine SH-3 and SH-4
  • Pentium; any Pentium or Pentium-compatible PC

"Our commitment to the developer community is unmatched in the industry and the market can expect more from us in the new year as we roll out other board-specific versions of TimeSys Linux," added Weidman.

TimeSys Linux GPL is now available for download at www.TimeSys.com.

TimeSys Solutions

TimeSys Linux GPL is a full Linux distribution for all supported embedded boards that includes everything needed to develop, deploy, and maintain an embedded platform. For each board, this distribution includes not only the world's lowest-latency Linux kernel, but also all the libraries, tool chains, utilities, drivers, scripts, and documentation, all distributed under the GNU Public License (GPL). Coupled with TimeSys Linux/Real-Time, it offers trend-setting add-on proprietary capabilities that transform Linux into a first-class real-time operating system with unmatched latency, responsiveness, and real-time capabilities. TimeSys Linux/CPU and TimeSys Linux/Net offer the unparalleled capability to reserve guaranteed CPU and network interface availability for critical applications, regardless of load or priorities.

In addition, TimeSys offers the tools needed to produce embedded applications in the Linux domain. TimeStorm, a Windows-hosted Integrated Development Environment with cross-platform capabilities for many target boards, TimeTrace, a Windows-hosted target platform event tracing visualization tool, and TimeWiz, a Windows-hosted real-time analysis and simulation tool make it much easier to create predictable, robust applications using the TimeSys Linux product line.

About TimeSys
TimeSys is a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and Java development technologies. Its products allow design engineers to leverage the power, flexibility and reliability of a new class of development tools for advanced embedded systems for a variety of markets and applications, covering the complete performance range from non-real-time to deterministic hard real-time, using both open-source and proprietary technologies. TimeSys is considered the top choice by systems architects for developing more robust, less expensive, single API Linux solutions for embedded systems. TimeSys was the first to create a reservation technology that guarantees system response, even in overloaded systems. TimeSys solutions offer completely predictable and fast response time performance. For more information about TimeSys, please visit http://www.timesys.com email to info@timesys.com or call 1-888-432-TIME.

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