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.
Imperas has developed a model of the Xilinx MicroBlaze soft processor core. With the help of Xilinx, Imperas successfully verified the OVP Fast Processor Model of the MicroBlaze. The OVP Fast Processor Model of the MicroBlaze soft processor core will be fully released by the end of year. The OVP Fast Processor Model and example virtual platforms including the MicroBlaze core are available from the Open Virtual Platforms. The MicroBlaze core is a 32-bit RISC Harvard architecture soft processor core with an instruction set optimized for embedded systems.
According to Express Logic, their NetX TCP/IP networking stack has achieved the highest reported network packet throughput on the Xilinx MicroBlaze soft-core processor. NetX is a small, fast network stack designed for embedded systems. NetX features low overhead and zero-copy packet transfers to achieve very high throughput. NetX licenses are available for Xilinx MicroBlaze with prices starting at $12,500 for royalty-free source code.