ADS Runs to LinuxWorld with Debian System on 400 MHz BitsyX

1/22/2004 - Applied Data Systems (ADS), a leading developer of RISC-based application-ready systems, will be demonstrating its flagship product, the BitsyX, running Debian GNU/Linux at the LinuxWorld show in New York this week. ADS offers a complete Debian system that includes native program development tools (the GNU compilers and debuggers, python, perl, and many libraries). Debian has an easy-to-use download manager tool called 'apt-get' that can be used to download many thousands of programs from the Debian web sites. These programs include additional program development tools, browsers, web servers and almost every significant program that runs on GNU/Linux. Debian requires a hard drive.

"Debian can make the software development phase of an embedded project go much faster," said Robert Whaley, Director of Linux Solutions at ADS. "Instead of spending time building and configuring all the software needed from scratch, virtually any standard package needed is available as a quick download. When developing new software, all the development tools (compilers, linkers, etc) are available right on the board where they can be used most effectively."

ADS is showcasing Debian on its BitsyX, a 3 x 5" single board computer driven by a 400 MHz Intel XscaleTM (PXA255) processor. The BitsyX provides a comprehensive set of I/O features including USB (host, client), 3 serial ports, a PCMCIA interface, a rich graphics interface, an SPI port, an I2C bus and an AC97 stereo codec. An 8-bit microcontroller adds with configurable digital / analog IO options, as well as an optional 16 data/11 address bus. ADS products are numerous and readily reconfigurable for production-oriented programs.

Application developers typically use Debian GNU/Linux during development on ADS systems, and then deploy a stripped down Debian GNU/Linux. When the essentials are small enough to fit in on-board flash and to run in the DRAM without requiring swap space, customers eliminate the hard disk for significant cost savings. ADS offers a methodology that extracts the essential subset of GNU/Linux for a particular application, and then builds a small root file system from that will fit in a ramdisk or jffs2 file system.

About Applied Data Systems
Applied Data Systems (ADS) designs and manufactures RISC-based embedded single board computers for application-ready solutions. Featuring numerous OS options, including Windows CE and CE.NET, embedded Linux, VxWorks, QNX and JVM options, the ADS product line is used in applications as diverse as industrial automation, GPS, fleet management, and POS/kiosk. For information, please visit the ADS website at or call 301.490.4007.

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