LONDON Silaria Ltd., a developer of processor intellectual property, has ported a version of embedded Linux from Lineo Inc. (Lindon, Utah) to its Proteus 3 processor as part of its revised tool suite.
Although Silaria claims Proteus could be scaled down to 8-bit versions, the company is aiming at 16-, 32- and 64-bit versions of the core with the uCLinux operating system. The uClinux operating system is specifically targeted at processors without a memory management unit.
"A lot of people are moving to that [embedded Linux] from their home-grown operating systems," said John Hickey, chief operating officer of Silaria (Dublin, Ireland).
Formerly known as Aria Research Ltd., the IP supplier and design house plans to move over to an Internet-based support model early in 2002 with a further revision of its development tools that will add a Java compiler to the existing C and C++ compilers.
The company has added hardware design support to let the Proteus 3's datapath use any bit width from 4- to 256-bits but will only add compilation support for 8- to 256-bit systems with the version 2.0 compilers due out next year.
Chris Edwards is the editor of Electronics Times, EE Times' sister publication in the United Kingdom.