ARM, IBM, others give SoC tablets a Linux boost

ARM, IBM, others give SoC tablets a Linux boost

Summary: ARM, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments form new company called Linaro to help developers optimize Linux distributions for ARM's architecture.

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ARM has joined with IBM and four other firms to create a not-for-profit company called Linaro, in a bid to make it easier to build Linux-based software for ARM's architecture.

The British chip design company, along with IBM and semiconductor firms Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, announced Linaro's formation at the Computex show in Taipei on Thursday. The company aims to give Linux developers tools and software to help them compile distributions for tablets and other Web-centric devices that use ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs.

"As a founding member of Linaro, we are working together with the broader open source community to accelerate innovation for the next generation of computing, focusing on delivering a rich connected experience across the diversity of devices in our daily lives," ARM chief executive Warren East said in a statement.

Read more about "ARM and IBM give SoC tablets a Linux boost" at ZDNet UK.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Open Source, Operating Systems, Processors

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