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AllLinuxDevices: Lineo Announces Linux on FPGA Cores, Linux On Deeply Embedded Custom Processors

Sep 27, 2000, 02:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Lineo, Inc., a leading innovator in Linux-based embedded systems, today announced a technology breakthrough; the utilization of embedded Linux on customizable embedded processor cores. One common language used for defining such parts is the VHSIC Hardware Description Language or VHDL. By utilizing industry-standard VHDL, in this case, a SPARC processor created by the European Space Agency (ESA), Lineo was able to build the core processor and install embedded Linux on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). This project represents the first known example of open source embedded Linux running on open core processors."

"The key benefits to designers are that core components offer opportunities to reduce costs and improve functionality for a wide variety of embedded systems. This enables engineers to fine tune both hardware and software while maintaining compliance with industry standards. Core processors are becoming more common in high volume and tightly controlled applications. Cores are typically purchased from specialized vendors although this approach will work with many available cores. There are also several open source cores available, including the LEON processor from ESA."

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