Pengutronix uCLinux 3.2 for Energy Micro EFM32 Cortex-M3 Gecko MCUs

Energy Micro and Pengutronix announced that they will be demonstrating µClinux for Cortex-M3 on the EFM32 Gecko range (Leopard and Giant) of MCU during  Embedded World Conference 2012 on 28 February – 1 March 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Embedded Linux for EFM32 gecko MCUsPengutronix’s port of µClinux features the Linux 3.2 kernel, providing the cost and time-to-market benefits of Linux operating system, while maintaining low current consumption of just 1.6mA when in idle mode.

The company explains that using µClinux reduces design cycles and accelerates time-to-market by giving the designer access to ready-made system functions such as IP connectivity, file systems, and multi-tasking. Users can also employ the broad range of free software and drivers available as open source, within a robust, portable open source framework.

The teaser video (below) shows that the demo platform (Giant Gecko Development Kit?) uses 4 MB of RAM (755 KB used after boot-up) and the MCU delivers 9.07 Bogomips. Energy Micro’s energyAware profiler will also be provided in order to profile the energy usage of your system and/or application.

Robert Schwebel, CEO of Pengutronix, will demo the platform during his presentation “Ultra Low Power: Applications with Giant Gecko and Cortex-M3” at 11:30 on Feb 1 of the Embedded World Conference 2012.

Neither companies provided further information for the time being. However, Pengutronix has previously released Embedded Linux BSPs for different target boards on, so the Energy Micro Geckos port may be available there later on. You can read more about Leopard and Giant MCUs on Energy Micro website.

Finally , you could also read Linux for Cortex M3 & M4 Microcontrollers for other software/hardware solutions for uClinux on Cortex-M processors.

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