Ampro, TimeSys speed embedded Linux application deployment for OEMs

San Jose, CA and Pittsburgh, PA - Ampro Computers Inc. announced October 14 the immediate availability of a certified, production-quality Linux distribution from TimeSys for its PowerPC ISA- based EnCore PP1 module.


San Jose, CA and Pittsburgh, PA - Ampro Computers Inc . announced October 14 the immediate availability of a certified, production-quality Linux distribution from TimeSys for its PowerPC ISA-based EnCore PP1 module. Through an agreement with TimeSys, the companies will jointly supply complete Linux operating system and development environments to accelerate the deployment of next generation OEM devices. TimeSys Linux SDKs for Ampro's MIPS and x86 boards and modules will follow.

'Ampro Computers is delighted to offer OEMs the design flexibility of production-ready EnCore CPU modules with a ready-to-run Linux distribution from TimeSys', said Joanne Williams, president and CEO of Ampro Computers. 'With complete driver support for all on-board I/O, OEM designers are now able to concentrate on application requirements instead of porting system software. Our collaboration with TimeSys is a demonstration of our commitment to the growing Linux market.'

development process. By providing a proven, certified TimeSys Linux SDK on the production-ready Ampro EnCore PP1, development schedules can be shortened with dramatically reduced technical risk. And with TimeSys's rich suite of development tools and real time performance enhancements, the EnCore PP1 with TimeSys Linux is an ideal real-time computing platform.'

'Motorola has long recognized the value that software, hardware, and development tools bring to our customers,' said Raj Handa, director of PowerQUICC business development and technical marketing for Motorola's Networking and Communications Systems Division. 'With Ampro's EnCore PP1 module bundled together with certified TimeSys Linux, embedded systems developers are more equipped than ever to get MPC8245 Linux-enabled products to market faster.'

The EnCore PP1 is an embedded processor module featuring Motorola's 300MHz MPC8245 integrated host processor with a 32-bit 66MHz PCI bus interface, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, EIDE, serial, parallel, and USB ports, and Motorola JTAG connection. To speed initial development, the EnCore PP1 comes in a QuickStart Kit with RAM and reference baseboard with standardized connectors for easy peripheral connection. Each QuickStart Kit also comes with a certified TimeSys Linux distribution consisting of a complete package with OS, device drivers, GNU development tools, Windows (Cygwin) and Linux workstation development environments, a Root File System (RFS) with applications, utilities, and libraries, and a verified Bootloader.

In addition, the QuickStart Kit includes evaluation copies of TimeSys Loadable Kernel Modules (LKMs) to easily add the advanced real-time reservations capabilities of TimeSys Linux Real-Time, TimeSys Linux CPU and/or TimeSys Net. Kernel enhancements to support the TimeStorm, TimeTrace and TimeWiz tools are included in the QSK. These tools are available from TimeSys. Ampro's EnCore PP1 QuickStart Kit sells for $995 and is available immediately from Ampro.

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Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor

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