The expansion means that TimeSys' tools can be used to customize a version of Linux based on either homegrown or commercially available versions of the operating system, the Philadelphia-based company said last week. The move could expand the number of developers interested in the start-up's technology.
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Among the testers for the tools is Amirix, a company that creates customized embedded software, TimeSys said.
Embedded Linux has been attracting more interest from companies such as Sony and Matsushita as the software is adapted to the market. It competes with established embedded operating systems such as VxWorks fromand Windows from Microsoft.
Red Hat, the top seller of Linux for servers, began an embedded Linux push in the late 1990s, but has chosen instead to focus on its for corporate server customers.
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