Linaro juggles multiple SoCs (system-on-a-chips)

Linaro used its appearance at the ARM Techcon event in Santa Clara earlier this month to showcase what it describes as “progress and momentum” for its collaborative embedded Linux. The company did this by showcasing multiple open source distributions, running on multiple SoCs (system-on-a-chips) using code or tools that had been enhanced by Linaro.

Essentially, the company is attempting to change the embedded open source world for the better by reducing non-value-add fragmentation.

Linaro’s current team of open source developers have been working on two key areas: improving development tools and consolidating Linux kernel SoC support for the latest ARM Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A8 based chips.

In accordance with its open engineering principles, all working groups and platform engineering has been done in the open and is available for inspection on the developer wiki.


Linaro has added community resources to its website for those that want to get involved or align engineering without the strategic commitment of Core or Club-level membership.

“By providing the best open source tools and software and helping to enable them on the most advanced Cortex-A9 chips, we are helping to unify and accelerate open source development,” said George Grey, CEO of Linaro.

In the second cycle Linaro will build on this momentum by: investing in more open source projects relating to graphics, multimedia and power management; expanding the number of SoCs which support this software and support for leading edge cores; and announcing distribution owners as advisors to Linaro.