ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, TI set-up open source Linaro

linaro-logo.jpgA group of semiconductor companies are co-ordinating their approachs to the growing use of Linux-based open-source software in mobile communications devices, writes Editor Richard Wilson.

ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have set-up a not-for-profit open source software engineering company to be called Linaro.

A focus of the venture will be the support for the development of open-source software applications for “always-on” mobile terminals such as smartphones and netbooks.

All six members of the group develop and supply semiconductor and system-on-chip (SoC) devices for mobile designs.

One of the aims of the venture, it seems, is to make it easier for open-source software and operating systems to be run on a wider range of processor architectures.

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