Arcom Rolls Out Embedded Linux Development Kit for Intel XScale SBC

6/27/2003 - Arcom has released a ready-to-run embedded Linux Development Kit to support its ultra low power Intel PXA255 XScale based single board computer. The VIPER board is a PC/104 single board computer powered by the 400MHz Intel PXA255 XScale application processor (ARM v.5TE compliant). Arcom saves you development time by offering the world’s widest selection of hardware/software Development Kits - combining the leading embedded operating systems with fully tested BSPs (board support packages) for Arcom’s range of industrial single board computers. These ready-to-run Development Kits include a pre-installed operating system image allowing engineers to start building their application from day one.

To ensure customers receive the best level of support and the opportunity to rapidly optimize the Linux image, Arcom creates and maintains the embedded Linux distribution using its own development team. The GNU/Linux distribution offers a compact, high reliability implementation of Linux for developing and deploying ‘C’ or Java based embedded control and communication products. It is based on the proven 2.4 kernel and includes read/write and read only support for the onboard Flash memory using the compressed Journaling Flash File System (JFFS2). Arcom has integrated support for the PXA255 graphics controller and drivers for many of the onboard peripherals. Power management support includes variable CPU clock frequency selection and dynamic power control of the internal peripherals.

The operating system includes a standard installation of Open-SSH (Secure-SHell), allowing a wide range of encryption and authentication techniques to be utilized by the VIPER communications channels. A compact implementation of the IBM J9 Java virtual machine may also be installed from the supplied Quickstart installation CD.

This comprehensive Development Kit includes the 400MHz PXA255 based VIPER single board computer fitted with 64Mbytes DRAM, 16Mbytes of Flash, VIPER ICE (Industrial Compact Enclosure), the VIPER-UPS (uninterruptible power supply), serial and Ethernet cable set, an optional Q-VGA color display and touchscreen and a comprehensive Quickstart manual. For those developing with embedded Java, the Kit includes an evaluation copy of IBM's WebSphere Studio Device Developer IDE development tools.

The VIPER is an ultra-low power PC/104 form factor (3.6” x 3.8”) embedded processor board based on the 400MHz Intel PXA255 XScale RISC processor (ARM v.5TE compliant). The VIPER includes an incredible range of onboard peripherals including a flat panel display controller for TFT and STN displays, 10/100baseTx Ethernet, 5 serial ports, CompactFlash socket for hot swap memory and wireless cards and I/O expansion using the PC/104 bus.

Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvald. Intel and XScale are trademarks or registered marks of Intel Corporation. ARM is a trademark of ARM Ltd. IBM, WebSphere, WebSphere Studio Device Developer and J9 are registered trademarks of IBM Corp, in the US and in other countries.

About Arcom (
Arcom, a Spectris company (LSE: SXS.L), is a leading supplier of embedded computer and communications technology to industry. Founded in 1982, Arcom has developed a broad range of standard embedded hardware and software solutions for control, data acquisition and data delivery systems. From its design centers in Kansas City and Cambridge England, Arcom is also able to offer Design & Build services to meet the needs of high volume OEM and specialized customer requirements.

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