Metrowerks Unveils Linux BSP for Freescale i.MX21 Multimedia Processor

7/9/2004 - Metrowerks Corporation introduces its newest Linux board support package (BSP) for Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.’s i.MX21 multimedia applications processor, an industry-leading platform for world-class wireless applications and portable consumer electronics devices. This production BSP replaces the previously released Metrowerks BSP supporting i.MX21 alpha silicon.

The newest Metrowerks BSP delivers the necessary components required to customize and deploy the Linux operating system to Freescale i.MX21-powered development systems. Built upon the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) Linux distribution, the BSP provides CPU frequency scaling, kernel and application execute-in-place, dynamic and static power management capabilities, plus other features that take full advantage of i.MX21 multimedia functionality.

The BSP integrates with a broad range of Metrowerks products to provide Linux development solutions for the i.MX family that support the full development process – from board bring-up and Linux kernel-level debugging to applications creation and testing.

The i.MX21 (MC9328MX21) multimedia applications processor is the newest addition to Freescale’s i.MX family of devices, specifically addressing the needs of the portable media player, smartphone, mobile gaming, personal digital assistant (PDA) and other wireless handheld product markets. A subsidiary of Freescale Semiconductor, Metrowerks collaborated extensively with the i.MX21 hardware engineering team to deliver an integrated and optimized Linux development solution designed to leverage the processor’s key features, including low power consumption, as well as security, video and multimedia capabilities.

“Metrowerks has been a great asset to Freescale in developing this highly advanced board support package for the i.MX21,” said Renee Mitchell, manager of multimedia operations for the Wireless and Mobile Systems Group at Freescale. “Metrowerks’ engineering expertise has resulted in a BSP that is expected to offer Freescale customers significant performance and time-to-market advantages.”

The introduction of the BSP adds to a rapidly growing portfolio of products from Metrowerks designed to help developers build better Linux devices. This portfolio includes the i.MX21 ADS board, the Metrowerks BSP supporting the board, as well as CodeWarriorTM Development Studio for ARM® ISA, comprehensive code coverage and analysis tools, and custom consulting services that draw upon Metrowerks’ established expertise in embedded Linux development.

Availability and Pricing
Metrowerks now offers basic BSPs for the Freescale i.MX1 and i.MXL applications processors free of charge at The i.MX21 BSP is expected to be available free of charge upon general distribution of Freescale silicon. Advanced development and support services are expected to be available under customized terms and conditions. For further information, please contact Metrowerks, by phone at 800-377-5416 or +1-512-996-5300, or via e-mail at For availability outside the U.S. and Canada, please see the list of Metrowerks International Sales Offices at or e-mail

About Metrowerks
Metrowerks Corporation creates CodeWarrior software and hardware products and services for developers, with a particular focus on the following industries: consumer electronics; transportation; wireless; and networking and communications. The CodeWarrior product line includes hardware and software development tools and middleware that enable customers to decrease their time to market. The company also offers services, including training and custom software development. Founded in 1985, Metrowerks is today an independently operating subsidiary of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Metrowerks corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas; Metrowerks Europe is headquartered in Munich; Metrowerks Asia is headquartered in Singapore; and Metrowerks Japan is headquartered in Tokyo. More information is available from

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., ( a subsidiary of Motorola, Inc., has a 50-year history in microelectronics. Freescale Semiconductor produces semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets worldwide. Based in Austin, Texas, Freescale Semiconductor has design, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale Semiconductor's 2003 sales were $4.9 billion (USD).

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