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LinuxDevices.com: One-chip Linux systems hasten arrival of Post-PC Era

Jun 21, 2000, 19:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

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"Chip companies have long sought to develop the means to build entire systems on one piece of silicon. Imagine a single super-high-density chip that you could program to perform all the electronic functions your system needs. We're not there yet, but we've certainly made a lot of progress...."

"When you set out to create a web pad, set-top box, Internet radio, or smart vending machine, you face an entirely different set of challenges. After all, you're designing an appliance -- not a PC. These embedded apps tend to be interface-intensive, rather than compute-intensive. So you probably don't need Intel's latest Pentium. In the past, you may have used a single-chip microcontroller (8051, 68HC11, etc.). Today, however, there's an exciting new alternative...."

"In my opinion, embedded Linux will be a key enabler of the post-PC era. Why? One reason is that Linux isn't wedded to just one CPU architecture. Another, is that Linux is highly scalable, modular, and flexible -- which makes it well suited to the extreme diversity of embedded systems. Then, there's the fact that Linux is open-source, so it's much easier to get your embedded widget to act like it's supposed to. Also, don't forget the Linux royalty model -- zero (or nearly so) -- which makes all this great stuff affordable, even in the simplest of devices."

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