Cambridge, UK ARM has become an associate member in the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) joining other high-profile members that include Motorola, NEC, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments, and founding members Matsushita and Sony.
Established in June, the CELF is an industry group focused on advancing Linux as an open source platform for consumer electronics devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), handheld computers and other audio visual devices.
ARM says its membership in the CELF coincides with work it has already undertaken to develop and use embedded Linux on its core-based microprocessors.
Mary Inglis, ARM's director of operating systems and alliances, said, “While Linux has been gaining momentum as a desktop operating system, changes from both a technical and architectural standpoint are needed to help the platform reach its full potential in a consumer electronics environment.”
ARM will participate in the Forum's various working groups, addressing and collaborating on embedded technology changes required to adapt to Linux, such as kernel design, size constraints, performances rates and power management issues within microprocessor cores.
“Linux's open-source nature, which frees developers and users from the constraints of proprietary middleware, also has many challenges,” added Inglis.