10/21/2002 - Ampro Computers, the inventor and leading supplier of CPU modules and single board computers for non-backplane embedded systems, announced the immediate availability of a certified, production-quality Linux distribution from TimeSys for it's PowerPC ISA- based EnCore PP1 module. Through a broad agreement with TimeSys Corporation, a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and Java development technologies, Ampro and TimeSys will jointly supply complete Linux operating system and development environments to accelerate the deployment of next generation OEM devices. TimeSys Linux SDKs for Ampro's MIPS and x86 boards and modules will quickly follow.
"Ampro Computers is delighted to offer OEMs the design flexibility of production-ready EnCore CPU modules with a ready-to-run Linux distribution from TimeSys", said Joanne Williams, president and CEO of Ampro Computers. "With complete driver support for all on-board I/O, OEM designers are now able to concentrate on application requirements instead of porting system software. Our collaboration with TimeSys is a demonstration of our commitment to the growing Linux market."
"This inaugural product launch with Ampro is a significant step toward freeing OEM device makers from the uncertainty of marrying new software with new hardware," said Larry Weidman, CEO of TimeSys Corporation. "Porting an operating system to new hardware is one of the most difficult tasks in any product development process. By providing a proven, certified TimeSys Linux SDK on the production-ready Ampro EnCore PP1, development schedules can be shortened with dramatically reduced technical risk. And with TimeSys's rich suite of development tools and real time performance enhancements, the EnCore PP1 with TimeSys Linux is an ideal real-time computing platform."
"Motorola has long recognized the value that software, hardware, and development tools bring to our customers," said Raj Handa, director of PowerQUICC business development and technical marketing for Motorola's Networking and Communications Systems Division (NYSE: MOT). "With Ampro's EnCore PP1 module bundled together with certified TimeSys Linux, embedded systems developers are more equipped than ever to get MPC8245 Linux-enabled products to market faster."
The EnCore PP1 is an embedded processor module featuring Motorola's 300MHz MPC8245 integrated host processor with a 32-bit 66MHz PCI bus interface, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, EIDE, serial, parallel, and USB ports, and Motorola JTAG connection. To speed initial development, the EnCore PP1 comes in a QuickStart Kit with RAM and reference baseboard with standardized connectors for easy peripheral connection. Each QuickStart Kit also comes with a certified TimeSys Linux distribution consisting of a complete package with OS, device drivers, GNU development tools, Windows (Cygwin) and Linux workstation development environments, a Root File System (RFS) with applications, utilities, and libraries, and a verified Bootloader. In addition, the QuickStart Kit includes evaluation copies of TimeSys Loadable Kernel Modules (LKMs) to easily add the advanced real-time reservations capabilities of TimeSys Linux Real-Time, TimeSys Linux CPU and/or TimeSys Net. Kernel enhancements to support the TimeStorm, TimeTrace and TimeWiz tools are included in the QSK. These tools are available from TimeSys.
Ampro's EnCore PP1 QuickStart Kit sells for only $995 and is available immediately from Ampro.
About Ampro Computers
Ampro Computers, Inc. is the leading global provider of modular embedded computing solutions for OEM applications. Ampro's mission is to provide time saving solutions for embedded systems designers that accelerate the product deployment process. Ampro pioneered the embedded PC industry creating the popular PC/104 and EBX standards. The new EnCore family enables designers to obtain all the benefits of an off-the-shelf CPU solution while maintaining the flexibility of a full custom design. In addition to EnCore, Ampro offers three product lines; PC/104-compatible CoreModule CPUs and MiniModule expansion products, and EBX form factor Little Board single-board computers (SBC). Ampro was awarded Electronique magazine's "Electron d'Or 2002" for subsystems for the EnCore M2 product.
TimeSys is a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and Java development technologies. Its products allow design engineers to leverage the power, flexibility and reliability of a new class of development tools for advanced embedded systems for a variety of markets and applications, covering the complete performance range from non-real-time to deterministic hard real-time, using both open-source and proprietary technologies. TimeSys is considered the top choice by systems architects for developing more robust, less expensive, single API Linux solutions for embedded systems. TimeSys was the first to create a reservation technology that guarantees system response, even in overloaded systems. TimeSys solutions offer completely predictable and fast response time performance.
AMPRO is a registered trademark and EnCore, CoreModule, MiniModule, and Little Board are trademarks of Ampro Computers, Inc.
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