Red Hat has further extended its ambitions to take Linux into the embedded market by combining a stripped-down version of the operating system with NetSilicon's networked microprocessors.
NetSilicon will target the integrated set of services and products at developers of embedded internet appliances.
As well as its NET+ARM range of processors, NetSilicon will also offer a version of uClinux - a stripped-down version of the operating system that supports web and mail servers as well as the EL/IX applications programming interface, plus associated protocol stacks and drivers.
Eric Kraieski, NetSilicon's vice president of product marketing, said the company will "take the headache" out of putting together the components necessary to build embedded systems based on Linux.
"Anyone who wants to take a device or appliance and turn it into an internet appliance can take our 'system on a chip' and put it in their products," he said.
Kraieski said NetSilicon's work with Red Hat does not directly compete with embedded compiler developer Cygnus, which the Linux distributor acquired late last year, because Cygnus is aimed at the real-time embedded market.
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