Xilinx has acquired PetaLogix, which is a provider of embedded Linux solutions. In the past, PetaLogix has provided a Linux distribution for Xilinx’s MicroBlaze and PowerPC processors. Recently, the company released a Linux distribution and tool chain for the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The PetaLogix commercial Linux distribution and the Embedded Linux SDK tool help developers get their jobs done without becoming deep Linux experts or be tied to a fixed BSP model.
As Linux solutions become must-haves for a growing number of embedded applications relying on Xilinx All Programmable technologies, the addition of PetaLogix and their PetaLinux technology strengthens Xilinx’s capabilities and commitment to customers to provide the best Linux solutions possible. PetaLogix has been a key player behind the growing adoption of Xilinx programmable technologies within the embedded market.
The PetaLinux Embedded Linux SDK includes everything needed to build, develop, test and deploy embedded Linux based projects targeting Xilinx FPGAs and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC devices. The new Zynq-7000 features an ARM-based processing system, programmable logic, and ASIC levels of performance and power consumption. The devices combine FPGA flexibility with the ease of programming a microprocessor to accommodate programmable system integration, increased system performance, BOM reduction and ultimately accelerated design productivity.
PetaLogix was founded in 2005 by Dr. John Williams when he was a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, before spinning out as a privately held company in 2007. PetaLinux SDK, the flagship product of PetaLogix, is an embedded Linux solution that is based on advanced proprietary technology that was developed and purchased from the University of Queensland and now deployed at many leading-edge communications, automotive, medical and industrial companies.