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LinuxDevices: An Approach to Solving the "Device Driver Crisis"

Nov 25, 2003, 08:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"This whitepaper describes an approach to solving the 'device driver crisis' that plagues both the embedded and non-embedded computer system markets. SciTech claims its System Neutral Access Protocol ('SNAP') device driver architecture, the result of over a decade of research and development, represents a new paradigm for device driver development that is radically different from traditional methods and that can drastically reduce the complexity of OS- and processor architecture-related device driver support.

"SciTech says its SNAP driver architecture centers around a unique Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), combined with pre-compiled binaries for each specific processor family that run on any operating system (including Linux/embedded Linux). According to SciTech, SNAP takes the concept of sharing source code and radically extends it--to sharing fully tested and certified portable binary driver images. Additionally, SciTech's SNAP tools are released under a commercial/LGPL dual-license, with a free download of the LGPL version available, enabling developers to use the tools to create free, LGPL drivers..."

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