Xilinx acquires embedded Linux solutions provider PetaLogix
Published: 29 August 2012 - Michelle Winny
Embedded Linux solutions provider PetaLogix has been acquired by Xilinx, Inc..
Linux solutions are becoming increasingly popular for many embedded applications for all programmable technologies, so this move reinforces the company’s capabilities to provide its Linux solutions.
“PetaLogix has been a key player behind the growing adoption of Xilinx programmable technologies within the embedded market, first providing a Linux distribution for MicroBlaze and PowerPC processors, and now a Linux distribution and tool chain for the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC,” said Tomas Evensen, Chief Scientist for Embedded Software at Xilinx".
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.
“Our two companies have worked successfully on many engagements to provide joint processing and Linux OS solutions to customers and we’re thrilled to be part of Xilinx’s commitment to embedded Linux,” said Dr. Williams. “The PetaLogix commercial Linux distribution and the Embedded Linux SDK tool provides a user-friendly approach that is aligned to what most developers need to get their jobs done without becoming deep Linux experts or be tied to a fixed BSP model.”
“As Xilinx expands its processing portfolio with products such as Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs, developers expect embedded Linux solutions that are optimised for the underlying hardware,” said Jaime Cummins, CEO of Pico Computing. “PetaLogix has an excellent solution which is a perfect fit for this requirement and we’ve enjoyed working with both companies over the years on projects where we’ve needed the performance and flexibility of hardware and software programmability in our SoC designs.”