Open source software has become an entrenched component of embedded systems within the last decade. Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and the key investor in LinkedIn, recently announced that “software is eating the world.” There are more instances of embedded software in the world today than any other type of software combined. It is at the heart of transportation, safety, health care, food, agriculture, defense, entertainment and therefore virtually every sector of industry that one way or another touches our everyday lives.
CompuLab introduced the Trim-Slice H ARM Cortex-A9 miniature embedded system. The Trim-Slice H features NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, 1 GB DDR2-667, accessible 2.5-inch bay, HDMI and DVI ports, Gigabit Ethernet, built-in 802.11n WiFi, four USB ports, two SD slots, RS232 serial port and a USB Bluetooth adapter. CompuLab also announced a special 45% discount ($175 instead of $319) off the Trim-Slice Pro Dev-Kit to open-source developers. Trim-Slice H will be available around the end of this month.
Texas Instruments introduced the OpenLink open source Wi-Fi and Bluetooth daughter card for AM18x evaluation modules (EVMs). The standalone WiLink 6.0 daughter card is a combo wireless connectivity add-on card. It is based on the LS Research TiWi module with Texas Instruments WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) solution. The standalone daughter card is available for $249. The production-ready WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) OpenLink module is bundled in the AM18x Sitara ARM EVM + WL1271 Development Kit, which is priced at $1,150.
Real Time Engineers Ltd. launched version 7.0 of FreeRTOS, which is a free real time MCU operating system. The latest version of the open source embedded RTOS includes a new software timer implementation. The timer enables callbacks to be executed in a task context (instead of interrupt context). It does not consume any processing time or generate any run time overhead unless a timer has actually expired. FreeRTOS v7.0 is backward compatible with FreeRTOS V6.x.x.
Wind River Platform for Android is a commercial version of open source Android. It is optimized on the OMAP 3 platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). The Wind River Platform for Android is a validated, fully compliant software platform based on the latest versions of the Android software development kit (SDK), available with pre-integrated software from initial partners Adobe, PacketVideo, and Red Bend Software; and global support by Wind River. Wind River Platform for Android is available now.