1/17/2003 - Dy 4 Systems, a division of Force Computers, a Solectron company, and a leading designer and manufacturer of COTS VME and CompactPCI (CPCI) products for harsh environments, introduced a LynxOS 4.0 operating system board support package (BSP) for the SVME/DMV-181 ruggedized PowerPC single board computer (SBC)—Dy 4’s highest performance VME board. Backed by this comprehensive BSP, the LynxOS environment offers a robust, feature-rich software suite that reduces development costs for embedded VMEbus systems and features a UNIX look-and-feel with UNIX-compatible utilities, networking interfaces (TCP/IP, NFS), graphical user interfaces (X11, Motif) and a hierarchical file system.
The flexible scaleability offered by LynxOS makes it ideal for both large, complex systems as well as small, highly integrated embedded products. Since the LynxOS operating system is extremely scaleable and configurable, it offers system integrators the ability to optimize the run-time to best suit their embedded target resource requirements. It scales from a minimal configuration with a ROM-based application linked with the LynxOS kernel, up to a full-scale development environment consisting of a rich set of utilities native to a UNIX workstation.
Based on the 500MHz PowerPC 7410 processor with AltiVec technology, the SVME/DMV-181 SBC offers powerful processing capability and an industry-leading set of I/O including six serial interfaces, dual Fast Ethernets and 16-bit SCSI. But beyond this set of interfaces, the new BSP also supports VME access, discrete I/O and real-time clock devices. Also, the driver set provided by the BSP is backward compatible with the LynxOS 3.1 BSP for Dy 4’s widely adopted SVME/DMV-179 PowerPC single board computer.
The LynxOS 4.0 BSP is co-resident with Dy 4’s powerful foundation firmware, thereby providing LynxOS users the means to access the debug monitor, built-in test features and Flash re-programmer in off-line mode. Because the LynxOS 4.0 BSP for the SVME/DMV-181 SBC was developed by Dy 4 Systems and successfully tested by LynuxWorks, Dy 4 has the in-house capability to make BSP changes and additions that may be required to meet specific customer requirements.
“LynxOS 4.0 provides many important new features that are important to our Mil/Aero customers, such as a 30-percent real-time performance increase, IPv6 networking capabilities and Linux ABI-compatibility,” said Barry Brown, Dy 4 Systems RTOS development manager. “Our LynxOS 4.0 BSP allows customers to take advantage of these new features for projects requiring a powerful, highly-integrated single board computer such as the 181”.
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