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VME SBC available for free online Linux “test drive”

Jun 28, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Phoenix, AZ — (press release excerpt) — For developers interested in evaluating its CompactPCI and VME single board computers running embedded Linux for the Power PC, ACTIS-Computer has setup a development and target system that can be operated seamlessly from the Internet. The system is accessible using a simple telnet and ftp client program from any computer connected to the Internet.

The system is accessible using a simple telnet and ftp client program from any computer connected to the Internet and can be used to perform any of the following tasks . . .

  • Login to a Linux PC running PowerPC cross development tools.
  • Login to a VSBC-6862 PowerQUICC II SBC and boot embedded Linux
  • Remotely reset or cycle power on the board in case of problem
  • Edit on-line C source code, or upload source files via ftp
  • Cross Compile online, or upload PowerPC executable files
  • Execute programs on the target board
  • Remotely debug programs running on the VSBC-6862 target board
A short “driving directions” manual available on online, provides step by step instructions on how to edit compile and execute programs so that no previous experience with Linux or PowerPC is required to try the system.

The target board is an ACTIS-Computer VSBC-6862, featuring a 200MHz PowerQUICC II processor, 32MBytes of on-board SDRAM, 8 MB of FLASH, two fast Ethernet ports and four multi-protocol communication ports. The board can be further expanded with a variety of I/O modules available from ACTIS Computer and 3rd parties.

The embedded Linux environment and tools are based on MontaVista Software's HardHat Linux Cross Development Kit for the PowerPC, connected to an ACTIS VSBC-6862 board running ACTIS-Computer's Linux BSP.

The test drive system can accommodate multiple users in a first come, first served manner and is free of charge. The system is accessible here.

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