Xilinx gets Linux specialist PetaLogix

Xilinx has announced the acquisition of embedded Linux specialist PetaLogix, writes Richard Wilson.

The FPGA supplier has previously worked with PetaLogix for providing a Linux distribution for its MicroBlaze and PowerPC processors and more recently for a Linux distribution and tool chain for the Zynq-7000 programmable SoCs.

“With their technology, tool set and expertise, the PetaLogix team is uniquely positioned to help Xilinx aggressively drive growth in the embedded space, and across all key vertical market segments we serve,” said Tomas Evensen, chief scientist for embedded software at Xilinx.

PetaLogix was founded in 2005 by Dr. John Williams when he was a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, before spinning out as a privately held company in 2007.  

PetaLinux SDK, its lead product is an embedded Linux solution that is based on advanced proprietary technology that was developed and purchased from the University of Queensland and now deployed at many leading-edge communications, automotive, medical and industrial companies.

“Our two companies have worked successfully on many engagements to provide joint processing and Linux OS solutions to customers and we’re thrilled to be part of Xilinx’s commitment to embedded Linux,” said Dr. Williams.

“The PetaLogix commercial Linux distribution and the Embedded Linux SDK tool provides a user-friendly approach that is aligned to what most developers need to get their jobs done without becoming deep Linux experts or be tied to a fixed BSP model,” said Dr Williams.

The PetaLinux Embedded Linux SDK is used to build, develop, test and deploy embedded Linux based projects targeting Xilinx FPGAs and Zynq-7000 devices.

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