Timesys Offers Embedded Linux Support for Tensilica Processor Cores

Timesys® Corporation, a premier provider of embedded Linux software solutions, and Tensilica,® Inc. announced a strategic alliance that will provide developers of innovative electronics products using Tensilica’s Xtensa® configurable and Diamond Standard processor cores with embedded Linux via Timesys’ LinuxLink. The LinuxLink web-based software subscription will be available in July 2008.

Upon release, the LinuxLink subscription will provide developers with a complete embedded Linux platform that has been integrated and tested for Tensilica processor cores, including an optimized kernel, drivers, toolchain, and initial root filesystem. When combined with the TimeStorm development environment and ongoing support, LinuxLink subscribers will be able to quickly customize and test an embedded Linux platform for their given application. LinuxLink utilizes a web-based delivery model to ensure that customers always have access to the latest Linux components from a trusted source.

“Our mutual customers will benefit from the strong synergy between Timesys and Tensilica,” stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing and business development. “With Timesys’ comprehensive suite of Linux components, development tools and support, our mutual customers can eliminate the risk of stalling their project if they run into any technical issues and would otherwise need to rely on the open source community for help.”

“Design teams using Tensilica regularly request LinuxLink because it enables them to fully leverage the power of their configurable cores,” stated Greg Quiggle, vice president of marketing for Timesys. “LinuxLink provides the flexibility and support required to quickly implement a custom Linux platform without sacrificing the innovation of the open source community.”

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 build and test a custom Linux platform for 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.

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.

Timesys is a registered trademark belonging to Timesys Corporation. Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica, Inc.