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Xilinx Debuts Linux OS-Based Asymmetric Multi-Processing Solution Support

Xilinx, Inc. has announced open-source Linux Asymmetric Multi-Processing (AMP) support for its extensible processing platform (EPP).
This announcement will enable developers to put Zynq-7000 devices to work on applications that need to deliver deterministic, real-time responsiveness for markets such as automotive, industrial and others with similar requirements.
Using open-source Linux and FreeRTOS operating systems and the RPMsg Inter Processor Communication (IPC) framework between the Zynq EPP's two high-performance ARM Cortex-A9 processors, Xilinx is able to simplify the implementation of AMP systems so system software developers can build their systems quickly, the company explained.
"High-performance, multi-core processor systems are becoming more common, but they are not always effective at providing real-time performance, especially when running complex operating systems such as Linux," said Xilinx Vice President of Processing Platforms, Lawrence Getman. "Xilinx's offering is a pre-canned AMP solution that utilizes the best of both worlds in what a high-level, application-specific Linux OS and RTOS has to offer. Our solution built with Xilinx Alliance Program member PetaLogix also serves as a starting point for developers with custom AMP mechanisms to integrate their own solutions."
The Zynq-7000 family is Xilinx's first extensible processing platform (EPP). The semiconductor device combines an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore processing system with Xilinx 28nm scalable programmable logic architecture. Well suited for systems that require high, real-time performance, the Zynq-7000 EPP processor-centric architecture offers the flexibility and scalability of an FPGA combined with ASIC-like performance/power and microprocessor ease of programming.
Beta is planned for March 2012, with general release in April 2012, the company confirmed.
2012-02-29 - http://iqmagazineonline.com/news/?id=1161