Timesys Offers BSP, LinuxLink for Atmel AT91SAM9RL Microcontrollers

Timesys Corporation, a premier provider of embedded Linux software solutions, announced Linux support for the AT91SAM9RL microcontroller from Atmel. Ideal for rapid design validation, Timesys is offering a free Board Support Package (BSP) for the Atmel 9RL. Additionally, the free Atmel BSP can be upgraded to a full LinuxLink subscription, providing a powerful suite of software, tools and support to accelerate the development of a custom Linux platform. Both the free BSP and LinuxLink subscription are available.

The free BSP enables application developers to rapidly validate Linux on the AT91SAM9RL-EK Development Board. This BSP includes Atmel’s Linux kernel and drivers, BusyBox utilities for basic commands and features, and a Linux host/cross toolchain capable of re-building the Linux kernel and the basic packages included in the Atmel BSP. Together with a full documentation set and basic support, this offering provides a ready-to-use package to validate Linux with the Atmel 9RL microcontroller.

By upgrading to a full LinuxLink subscription, application developers can rapidly “roll their own” customized embedded Linux software platform, with access to an expanded, regularly updated list of Linux components optimized for the AT91SAM9RL, including the 2.6.22 Linux kernel, hundreds of packages pre-compiled for use with the 9RL, and a reference distribution that provides an integrated and tested starting point for platform customization. The LinuxLink subscription also includes a robust collection of open source and Timesys-developed tools, including the TimeStorm Eclipse-based IDE, as well as extensive documentation and support.

“We are pleased to expand our support of Atmel’s popular ARM-based microcontrollers with the AT91SAM9RL,” said Greg Quiggle, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Timesys. “LinuxLink by Timesys is a unique web-based offering that enables Atmel customers to efficiently develop and maintain a custom Linux platform for a wide variety of embedded applications.”

LinuxLink for AT91SAM9RL will be demonstrated in the Timesys booth (#11-113) at the Embedded World conference in Nuremberg, Germany on February 26-28, 2008. Timesys will also be demonstrating an AT91SAM9RL-EK board running multimedia applications from LinuxLink. More info: Embedded World.

About Timesys
Timesys is the provider of LinuxLink, a web-based software subscription for both first-time and experienced embedded Linux developers. LinuxLink provides the embedded software, tools, documentation and support needed to quickly optimize a custom Linux platform a given processor. LinuxLink enables embedded development teams to unleash the innovation of Linux without sacrificing the quality, service and support of a traditional commercial embedded operating system.