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EETimes: Cygnus develops application programming interface in bid to unify embedded Linux

Sep 27, 1999, 16:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Matsumoto)

"A veteran company of the open-source movement will unveil this week what it hopes will become a unifying application programming interface for using the GNU-Linux operating system in the embedded world. Riding the coattails of Linux' popularity, Cygnus Solutions Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) will spin its EL/IX API at the Embedded Systems Conference here as an effort to keep Linux from fragmenting in the embedded space. But the move is already drawing mixed reviews from some developers."

"EL/IX would also allow developers to use desktop Linux software to build embedded applications for Linux or on eCos, Cygnus' real-time operating system. Cygnus founder Michael Tiemann is hoping that factor will lure developers from traditional RTOS vendors like Wind River Systems Inc."

"The progression of Linux into embedded markets has put the OS in a precarious spot, Tiemann said, because chunks of the kernel must be culled to fit embedded applications."

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