Cygnus Solution is pushing Linux for embedded systems with the introduction of an application programming interface (API) to help port applications from desktop PCs.
The open source, configurable API, called EL/IX allows developers to develop Linux software on a desktop PC, and then employ this software across embedded devices running the Linux operating system.
The company said that Internet connectivity is fuelling the demand for embedded Linux in new computing devices such as digital cameras, PDAs and set-top boxes, which increases the need for standards.
Dan Kusnetzky, analyst with IDC, said in a statement: "Standards are extremely important for a community developed operating environment such as Linux. This is doubly true for software for personal productivity and Internet appliances being developed by a number of companies today."
He added: "By establishing a common, open API and working with members of the Linux community, Cygnus is making it possible for embedded software companies to build applications, which can serve a broader array of customer requirements without resorting to special, one-off techniques. This would lower their overall development costs and improve their time to market."
Cygnus will offer the EL/IX API with a software development environment that makes it possible to use this embedded API to produce and validate software for any Linux based computing appliance.
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