Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas Teams With Lineo To Port Linux to Advanced SoCs

Sharp Addresses Design Needs of the Linux Engineering Community

With Lineo's Sophisticated Development Tools



Dec 10, 2001, 00:00 ET from Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas

    CAMAS, Wash., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Microelectronics of the
 Americas (SMA), a U.S.-based division of Sharp Electronics Corporation,
 announced today it has formed a strategic relationship with Lineo, an
 innovator in embedded systems, giving System-on-Chip (SoC) design engineers
 access to Lineo(TM) Embedix(R) SDK 2.0 development tools.   With this
 partnership in place, the Linux operating system can be rapidly ported to
 Sharp's highly integrated LH79520 and LH7A400 SoCs, thereby shortening
 development time for engineers designing with Linux.
     "SMA understands the design challenges of engineers working in the
 Linux(R) environment," said Terry Thomas, Sharp's Director of Marketing for
 MCU and SoC.  "Our partnership with Lineo is reflective of our commitment to
 offer an integrated SoC complete with state-of-the-art software development
 tools.  Engineers using these assets can significantly accelerate development
 time."
     Sharp's SoCs are designed for developers of mobile multimedia devices,
 home and office automation products and embedded industrial products.  Embedix
 SDK will offer a Board Support Package (BSP) to drive Sharp's SoCs to an
 embedded Linux solution with hard real-time capabilities, allowing Sharp's
 chips to respond quickly to events occurring outside silicon.
     "As a consumer electronics leader, Sharp now provides developers of smart
 mobile devices with an integrated SoC solution that can be rapidly deployed,"
 said Matt Harris, Lineo CEO.  "The Lineo Embedix SDK provides Embedix, an
 optimized embedded Linux operating system, for the LH79520 and LHA7400, giving
 developers a complete SoC solution.  Design engineers, using Lineo's
 development tools, can integrate these chips into finished product in
 substantially less time than a traditional product development cycle."
     SMA's LH79520 and LH7A400 are ARM-based, highly integrated chips that
 provide engineers with high performance while allowing them to reduce
 component count, save board space and reduce power requirements.
     Lineo Embedix SDK is a complete development environment providing all the
 tools a developer needs to develop, debug, and deploy their applications and
 services on embedded target hardware. Embedix SDK also provides the Embedix
 operating system, a Linux OS optimized for embedded devices that require small
 footprint size and scalability.
 
     Sharp Corporation, parent company of Sharp Electronics Corp., currently
 has a separate agreement with Lineo under which the company provides a
 software solution for Sharp's Zaurus SL-5500 Personal Mobile Tool.
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo(R), Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions that
 cover the full spectrum of embedded development, including operating system
 software, host development environments and professional services. Lineo
 distributes solutions that allow OEMs to create smart embedded devices and
 systems while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and
 time-to-market.  Lineo's key product lines include:  Embedix(R) SDK (a fully
 featured and integrated embedded developer tool chain), Embedix(R) (embedded
 Linux system software for MMU-less and MMU-full processors), Embedix(R)
 BridgeWorks(TM) (operating systems and tools for multiprocessor device support
 and legacy code migration) and RTXC(TM) Quadros(TM) (a highly configurable
 microprocessor and DSP real-time operating system). Contact Lineo at
 http://www.lineo.com , via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling
 (801) 426-5001.
 
     About Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas
     Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA), Camas, Washington, is a
 U.S.-based company and a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation which is a
 subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan.  Sharp is a worldwide developer
 of core digital technologies that are playing an integral role in shaping the
 next generation of electronic products for consumer and business needs.  SMA
 offers breakthrough memory, LCD, opto, CCD, RF/IR, microcomputer and
 system-on-chip components, along with packaging and integration skills that
 help design engineers throughout North and South America bring their ambitious
 ideas to market.  SMA is dedicated to improving people's lives through the use
 of advanced technology and a commitment to innovation, quality, value and
 design. More information about SMA is available through the World Wide Web at
 http://www.sharpsma.com .
 
     Note:  All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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    CAMAS, Wash., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Microelectronics of the
 Americas (SMA), a U.S.-based division of Sharp Electronics Corporation,
 announced today it has formed a strategic relationship with Lineo, an
 innovator in embedded systems, giving System-on-Chip (SoC) design engineers
 access to Lineo(TM) Embedix(R) SDK 2.0 development tools.   With this
 partnership in place, the Linux operating system can be rapidly ported to
 Sharp's highly integrated LH79520 and LH7A400 SoCs, thereby shortening
 development time for engineers designing with Linux.
     "SMA understands the design challenges of engineers working in the
 Linux(R) environment," said Terry Thomas, Sharp's Director of Marketing for
 MCU and SoC.  "Our partnership with Lineo is reflective of our commitment to
 offer an integrated SoC complete with state-of-the-art software development
 tools.  Engineers using these assets can significantly accelerate development
 time."
     Sharp's SoCs are designed for developers of mobile multimedia devices,
 home and office automation products and embedded industrial products.  Embedix
 SDK will offer a Board Support Package (BSP) to drive Sharp's SoCs to an
 embedded Linux solution with hard real-time capabilities, allowing Sharp's
 chips to respond quickly to events occurring outside silicon.
     "As a consumer electronics leader, Sharp now provides developers of smart
 mobile devices with an integrated SoC solution that can be rapidly deployed,"
 said Matt Harris, Lineo CEO.  "The Lineo Embedix SDK provides Embedix, an
 optimized embedded Linux operating system, for the LH79520 and LHA7400, giving
 developers a complete SoC solution.  Design engineers, using Lineo's
 development tools, can integrate these chips into finished product in
 substantially less time than a traditional product development cycle."
     SMA's LH79520 and LH7A400 are ARM-based, highly integrated chips that
 provide engineers with high performance while allowing them to reduce
 component count, save board space and reduce power requirements.
     Lineo Embedix SDK is a complete development environment providing all the
 tools a developer needs to develop, debug, and deploy their applications and
 services on embedded target hardware. Embedix SDK also provides the Embedix
 operating system, a Linux OS optimized for embedded devices that require small
 footprint size and scalability.
 
     Sharp Corporation, parent company of Sharp Electronics Corp., currently
 has a separate agreement with Lineo under which the company provides a
 software solution for Sharp's Zaurus SL-5500 Personal Mobile Tool.
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo(R), Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions that
 cover the full spectrum of embedded development, including operating system
 software, host development environments and professional services. Lineo
 distributes solutions that allow OEMs to create smart embedded devices and
 systems while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and
 time-to-market.  Lineo's key product lines include:  Embedix(R) SDK (a fully
 featured and integrated embedded developer tool chain), Embedix(R) (embedded
 Linux system software for MMU-less and MMU-full processors), Embedix(R)
 BridgeWorks(TM) (operating systems and tools for multiprocessor device support
 and legacy code migration) and RTXC(TM) Quadros(TM) (a highly configurable
 microprocessor and DSP real-time operating system). Contact Lineo at
 http://www.lineo.com , via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling
 (801) 426-5001.
 
     About Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas
     Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA), Camas, Washington, is a
 U.S.-based company and a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation which is a
 subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan.  Sharp is a worldwide developer
 of core digital technologies that are playing an integral role in shaping the
 next generation of electronic products for consumer and business needs.  SMA
 offers breakthrough memory, LCD, opto, CCD, RF/IR, microcomputer and
 system-on-chip components, along with packaging and integration skills that
 help design engineers throughout North and South America bring their ambitious
 ideas to market.  SMA is dedicated to improving people's lives through the use
 of advanced technology and a commitment to innovation, quality, value and
 design. More information about SMA is available through the World Wide Web at
 http://www.sharpsma.com .
 
     Note:  All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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