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Linux

Linux has found its way into almost every product segment on the electronics market, from consumer electronics up to complex server applications. It is not exaggerated to say that in almost every household there is at least one Linux-based device in use. Product designers are more and more confronted with enormous designing challenges due to extremely short product design cycles and raising hard- and software complexity, powered by raising customer demands and growing pressure of competition.

Linux is Open Source. Everyone has access to the source code and can use it for own purposes or modify it. Especially in non x86 based system ranges you need a high expertise and the expenditure of time is hard to limit. To port Linux on fielding hardware it is necessary to consult additional resources or remove them from other tasks. This exposes many manufacturers to a challenge which does not correspond to their core competences. It is getting more expensive, the period until a product can be introduced on the market raises as well as the risk. Additionally long-term costs result from care and support of the adapted Linux source codes. Additional to the actual Linux core, the so-called Userland needs to be offered which provides helping programs and other applications. Different from the range of desktop systems special agents and skills become necessary here to provide it to RISC architectures.

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development chain Embedded Linux Distribution

BRIX - The BuildRoot based Linux by F&S

BRIX-Portfolio

We discharge product designers from the risky and complex task of Linux portation, so effort and costs can be reduced. Our customers can concentrate on the actual product and their core competences and add field-tested software components.

BRIX offers a broad portfolio including all F&S product families. It is consistent and makes switching between the families easier.

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BRIX concentrates all advantages of the Open Source world for our customers, which of course contains the Linux community combined with the chip manufacturers’' Linux Support.

Another benefit from BRIX is -– in contrary to commercial Embedded Linux distributors- it suits F&S’ hardware perfectly and there are no fees for license, support or maintenance.

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BRIX and the software projects of our customers

Support und Maintenance:

  • Bootloader (binaries)

  • Kernel Image (binaries)

  • Root File System (jffs2 and ext3)

  • Root File System Configuration Setup

  • Linux Kernel Source

  • Toolchain

  • Development Tools

  • Documentation

  • Technical Support Forum

  • Live CD (Fedora Remix 14 - development environment of F&S)

  • Workshops

Our useful workshops will help you to get started with Linux and your board more easily.

The goal of the workshop is to learn how to handle the board and to get to know the development area.

Supported Boards:

 

Kernel Version

Toolchain

Release

PicoCOM4

2.6.38

4.2.2-eabi

1.2

PicoMOD7A

3.3

fs-toolchain-4.6.3-armv6-vfp

2.0 (multiplatform-linux-f+s)

NetDCU14

3.3

fs-toolchain-4.6.3-armv6-vfp

2.0 (multiplatform-linux-f+s)

armStone™A8

3.3

fs-toolchain-4.6.3-armv6-vfp

2.0 (multiplatform-linux-f+s)

Why should I choose Embedded Linux?

Linux is a free operating system, similar to UNIX.

The system core offers all characteristics you expect from a modern operating system:

  • Real (preemptive) Multitasking
  • Multiusing
  • Virtual Memory Administration
  • Hierarchic Data Administration

In control and communication systems and in automation there is usually a hardware and function optimized Embedded Linux active. Its modularity and configuration ability eases the customization of self-designed hardware and different tasks.

Linux supports all common interfaces as well as network protocols by default and is therefore perfect for networked systems. It unites a free operating system standard with open communication protocols in a technology. Drivers for several field busses are available as well.

Dynamically reloading drivers, real time add-ons and extensive independence from hardware and other features of modern operating systems, effect Linux to be a safe investment for many applications in automation. In addition Linux cannot be retired.

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