TI, IBM, Samsung and Freescale on board
tech heavyweights have formed Linaro, a company aimed at
jointly developing ARM processors. The founding fathers of Linaro are
Texas Instruments, IBM, Samsung, Freescale, ST Ericsson and, of course,
Linaro is a non profit software engineering company that will simplify
ARM development and it will be backed by tens of millions of dollars by
its founders. The move doesn't come as a surprise, as ARM chips are
becoming increasingly popular in smartphones, and recently, tablets and
smartbooks. However, there are quite a few ARM chip designs around, and
even more software versions geared towards specific versions. Linaro
should help make things a bit simpler and more standardized.
We won't have to wait long to see the first results of Linaro's work.
The first software packs and tools will be released in November and
they will provide optimizations for recently introduced ARM Cortex TM-A