Embedded Alley Announces Linux Support for Tensilica Processor Cores

Embedded Alley Solutions (EA Solutions) announced Tensilica® will utilize its unique Silicon Vendor Partner Program to provide embedded Linux support for the Diamond Standard and Xtensa configurable processor cores. As part of the strategic relationship between the two companies, Embedded Alley has designed a Platform Optimized Linux Solution (POLS) specifically designed to showcase the differentiating hardware features of Tensilica’s products.

The POLS consists of a customized embedded Linux development and runtime environment that can help Tensilica’s customers accelerate their product development with software already tuned for Tensilica’s cores. Included in the standard distribution of the POLS product from EA Solutions are a variety of open-source middleware and applications ready to run on Tensilica processors. Tensilica hardware platforms have been added to the EA Solutions automated test lab for regular regression testing, ensuring that as the open-source Linux kernel evolves, it stays compatible with the Tensilica architecture. EA Solutions will also conduct maintenance of the Xtensa-architecture optimized components, kernel and tools in the community source trees.

“Our customers requested that we work with EA Solutions because of their great reputation in providing superior Linux design services, customized training and support,” stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing and business development. “EA Solutions provides a vital link between Tensilica’s customers and the Linux open-source community.”

“As more deeply embedded devices are utilizing the Linux operating system, semiconductor companies are embracing Tensilica’s low-power, high-performance processor cores,” stated Pete Popov, President and CEO of EA Solutions. “Particularly compelling is Tensilica’s unique ability to combine leading edge DSP features, such as the market leading HiFi2 Audio engine DSP, with a Linux-compatible MMU in one core configuration. By working together we can help Tensilica’s customers get highly-optimized, Linux-ready new products to market much faster.”

About Embedded Alley Solutions
Founded in 2004, EA Solutions has grown to include development centers around the world, providing various embedded technology development solutions for consumer, wireless, medical, transportation and communication devices. From its headquarters in San Jose, California, the privately held company serves clients ranging from start ups to Fortune 500 companies.

About Tensilica
Tensilica, Inc., is the recognized leader in configurable processor technology and has leveraged that technology to become the leading supplier of licensable controllers and DSP cores for mobile audio and video applications. Tensilica offers the broadest line of controller, CPU, network, and specialty DSP processors on the market today – including full software toolchain and modeling support – in both an off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard Series cores and with full designer configurability with the Xtensa processor family. The modern design behind all of Tensilica’s processor cores provide semiconductor companies and system OEMs with the lowest power, smallest area solutions for high-volume products including mobile phones and other consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer peripherals.

Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica, Inc.