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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Jun 13, 2006

Linux development kit provides a low cost and easy way of developing a very wide range of applications and running them on targets that are robust, stable, secure and licence free

Arcom's latest development kit allows faster and easier development of a wide range of embedded devices in a Linux environment.

The kit's SBC-GX533 board has a compact Arcom Embedded Linux image installed in its onboard Flash.

All onboard hardware features are supported, allowing unrestricted access to their functionality, and all unnecessary software functions have been removed, leaving a compact image of just 13Mbyte.

This can save weeks or even months of development effort compared with configuring a Linux image from scratch.

Developers can start work on their project immediately, either by writing their own applications code or by accessing the nearly unlimited range of freely available open source applications.

The kit's SBC-GX533 board is well suited for deeply embedded, remote or unattended installations demanding reasonable processing power.

It is a low profile, fan-less, RoHS compliant EBX form factor board, based on a 400MHz AMD Geode GX533 1.1W processor.

It has 512Mbyte of DDR DRAM and 32Mbyte of Flash installed, of which 13Mbyte are used by the Linux image.

This leaves 19Mbyte of physical memory, equivalent to about 38Mbyte of usable space, available for Linux application and data storage.

The board also features TFT or CRT support, an analogue touchscreen interface, dual 10/100BaseT Ethernet ports, CompactFlash (CF+), four serial and four USB ports.

Industrial expansion is provided through an 8bit TTL I/O port, a PC/104 and a PC/104+ site.

All usual PC interfaces are also included.

The development kit includes everything needed to start work immediately.

As well as the SBC-GX533 board with preloaded embedded Linux, it has an AC power supply and all cables for immediate operation and application download.

Colour 6.5in NEC TFT display and analogue touchscreen options are also available.

The resource CD includes Linux Tutorials, hardware documentation and an Arcom Embedded Linux source code listing.

Typical uses include industrial RTUs and data acquisition modules, networking and communications devices.

Arcom Embedded Linux with optional Java Technology features a compact implementation of the Gnu/Linux operating system based on the proven v2.6 Linux kernel release.

This, together with the Compressed Journalling Flash File System (JFFS2) included, is highly reliable and can recover from power interruptions.

Standard Linux Gnu C/C++ software tools are also included, ensuring application development is simple and consistent with desktop Linux.

The SBC-GX533 Linux development kit provides a low cost and easy way of developing a very wide range of applications and running them on targets that are robust, stable, secure and licence free.

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