An optimized base of software and tools target the new low cost board (Snowball) using ST-Ericsson's dual core Cortex-A9 based AP9500 chipset. The Snowball development boards combine powerful dual core Cortex-A9 and Mali GPU processors with open source software that has been optimized by Linaro.
Software developers now have low cost access to the most advanced application processors that can provide the performance of a PC in the power footprint of mobile. The Snowball Software Development Kit and Product Development Kit significantly extends the choice for software developers who want to create great code and products on a platform that costs less than a netbook, but with greater performance and longer battery life.
Linaro exists to accelerate innovation among software developers working on the most advanced semiconductor System-on-Chip (SoC) designs. The current wave of “always-connected, always-on” devices are increasingly turning to Linux and highly integrated SoCs to achieve the performance and battery life consumers demand.
“Developers will be able to come to the Linaro website and download the latest kernel, board support package and tools and know they are getting a great foundation to base their code or product on.” said Stephen Doel, COO, Linaro. “Our evaluation builds and validation test farm will ensure that there is a quick way to utilise our engineering directly with the major software distributions on low cost boards such as the Snowball SDK and PDK.”
For more information on the company, access to software and tools, and information on the community and open engineering, visit http://www.linaro.org .
This story originally appeared on EE Times Europe.