The ARM processor family is a complicated one, with many different variations, leading to large numbers of separate sub-architectures in the Linux kernel. A quick glance at the ARM directory in a recent kernel tree shows nearly 70 different sub-architectures, each corresponding to a different CPU or system-on-chip (SoC). That complexity has made it harder to develop new products for new or existing ARM devices. A new organization that was formed by six silicon vendors, Linaro, seeks to simplify that landscape, and allow easier–faster–development of ARM-Linux-based products.
Linaro Seeks to Simplify ARM Linux Landscape
Submitted by fran 2010-06-25 Hardware 3 Comments
Interestingly Qualcomm and nVidia did not join the founders’ party. Oh well, I guess at least some platform consolidation is better than nothing.