LONDON, Ontario, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Microtronix
(http://www.microtronix.com), a leading integrator of embedded hardware and
software, announced today that they will support the creation of customized
embedded Linux(R) kernels in the Altera(R) SOPC Builder automated system
development tool. Customers will be able to combine the Nios(TM) soft-core
processor development flow with embedded Linux development, providing great
flexibility and speed to the design process.
"Up to this point, when building a custom Nios processor core, a developer
would have to tailor their operating system kernel to the custom processor and
peripheral support, which could be quite time consuming," said Mike Esch,
Manager of Software Engineering at Microtronix. "Now with the integration of
Linux into the SOPC Builder development tool, a developer can choose to make
the Linux kernel generation process part of the SOPC development procedure,
and a completely customized Linux kernel is ready for download to the
The Linux kernel building software module will be available free of charge
to all customers of Altera and Microtronix who have purchased the Nios Linux
Development Kit (NLDK), also available from Microtronix. The NLDK includes a
full port of Linux to the Nios processor, a C-Library, three hardware modules,
and over seventy ported applications. It is available for $2495 through
Microtronix directly, or any Altera sales representative.
"No other operating system can do this, and no one in the Linux
environment is doing this," said Robert Brookes, Manager of Business
Development. "Customers may want to use embedded Linux in their final
product, or they may simply want to take advantage of how easy it is to use
Linux for proof-of-concept applications, because of its ease of use with SOPC
Builder. We think that this will substantially decrease development time and
frustration for engineers."
Microtronix has several products available for developers using the Altera
Excalibur(TM) embedded processor solutions, including an LCD Touch Display
Kit, a Nios 2.0 On-Chip-Debug Solutions Kit, and an Excalibur EPXA10
Development Board Multiprocessing Kit.
For more information, please visit http://www.microtronix.com.
Microtronix is an embedded hardware and software engineering company that
provides products and services around programmable logic, intellectual
property, embedded operating systems and development tools. Established in
1977, Microtronix enables clients to achieve aggressive development goals by
providing integrated hardware and software support. Microtronix is located in
London, Ontario, Canada.
"Altera" is a registered trademark of Altera Corp. "Linux" is a
registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. "Nios" and "Excalibur" are trademarks
of Altera Corp. "ARM" and "ARM922T" are registered trademarks of ARM Holdings
Inc. "ARMXA10" is a trademark of Altera Corp. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective holders.
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