SOURCE: LynuxWorks

November 13, 2007 16:00 ET

LynuxWorks' Open-Source RTOS Supports New Xilinx MicroBlaze Embedded Processor

BlueCat-ME Linux Delivers Flexibility, Cost Benefits on MMU-Based Soft Core Architecture to Embedded Developers, Offering Consistent OS Support Across All Xilinx Embedded Processors

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Continuing its tradition of supporting the latest processors available to embedded developers, LynuxWorks, Inc., a world leader in embedded software, announced that its BlueCat-ME Linux fully supports version 7 of the MicroBlaze™ embedded processor launched today by Xilinx, Inc., with the release of its Embedded Development Kit v9.2. The addition of an optional Memory Management Unit (MMU) means the MicroBlaze embedded processor now offers the memory protection that traditional Linux users typically require in their designs. BlueCat-ME Linux, a product of LynuxWorks' longstanding partnership with Xilinx, offers the flexibility of open-source software using the Linux model, and is configurable for use with the MicroBlaze processor.

"LynuxWorks strives to support the latest processors available so that developers have the widest range of choices when designing their devices," said Robert Day, vice president of marketing, LynuxWorks. "Version 7 of the Xilinx MicroBlaze processor breaks new ground for embedded developers by offering additional performance and protection, and our BlueCat-ME Linux takes full advantage of it."

The MicroBlaze v7 processor's MMU offers three operating levels: MMU with privileged mode, memory protection and virtual address translation, MPU with privileged mode and memory protection, and privileged mode only. The processor also has an upgraded compiler, GCC 4.1.1, with which both Xilinx and LynuxWorks will enable future improvements in system performance via optimization of the compiler and operating system. For more information about the new version of the MicroBlaze processor, please visit

"The Xilinx MicroBlaze v7 processor opens new doors for the embedded developer," said Tim Erjavec, director of embedded and DSP worldwide marketing at Xilinx. "LynuxWorks has long been among the only RTOS vendors to support both our MicroBlaze platform as well as the PowerPC architecture implemented in our Virtex platform FPGAs. Their BlueCat-ME Linux support of our latest MicroBlaze processor demonstrates their commitment to maintaining their status as a leader in the market."

BlueCat embedded Linux is an implementation of the 2.6 Linux kernel, which supports microprocessor control and is enhanced for use in a wide array of embedded systems, from small consumer devices to large-scale, multi-CPU systems. BlueCat Linux delivers the flexibility and cost benefits of open-source software. It is uniquely constructed to be a stable, commercial-grade operating system that provides immediate productivity and optimized performance. BlueCat Linux supports all the embedded processors that are available in Xilinx FPGAs, and will continue to follow Xilinx's embedded processor roadmap, to ensure that there will always be an operating system available as processor architectures evolve.

About LynuxWorks

LynuxWorks, a world leader in the embedded software market, is committed to providing open and reliable real-time operating systems (RTOS) and software tools to embedded developers. The company's LynxOS family of operating systems offers open standards with the highest level of safety and security features, enabling many mission-critical systems in defense, avionics and other industries. Additionally, LynuxWorks' BlueCat Linux provides the features and support of embedded Linux for companies wanting to use open source technology for their embedded applications. The Eclipse-based Luminosity IDE gives a powerful and consistent development system across all LynuxWorks operating systems. Since it was established in 1988, LynuxWorks has created technology that has been successfully deployed in thousands of designs and millions of products made by leading communications, avionics, aerospace/defense, and consumer electronics companies. LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS and BlueCat are registered trademarks of LynuxWorks, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective holders. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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    Kirsten Long
    LynuxWorks Inc.
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