Two major backers — AMD and Mentor Graphics — have revamped their support for embedded Linux development. This week, the companies joined the advisory board of the Yocto Project, an open source initiative for creating custom Linux-based operating systems for embedded devices.
According to the Linux Foundation, which announced AMD and Mentor Graphics' signing on to the Yocto Project Advisory Board at the Embedded Linux Conference in San Jose, California, the news reflects a "rise in multicore and heterogeneous embedded systems." It also expands upon previous collaboration between AMD and Mentor Graphics, which already have partnered to integrate Mentor Graphics's embedded Linux software tools with embedded processors from AMD.
As Yocto Project leaders emphasized, "It's not an embedded Linux distribution—it creates a custom one for you." That means the project has wide applicability for software developers and companies interested in using Linux to build customized operating systems for embedded devices, such as TVs, wireless routers and smartphones.
The announcement is a reminder that embedded open source software development remains a dynamic and broad ecosystem. Although most of the attention on Linux for embedded devices tends to center around Android, Android-based devices are only part of a much wider market for open source solutions on embedded hardware.
The Embedded Linux Conference, which is now in its 10th year, continues through May 1. It runs concurrently with the Android Builders Summit, which focuses on Android-oriented OEMs, integrators and developers specifically.