When we interviewed Toradex right before Embedded World 2019, they told us they would focus on their new software offering called Torizon, an easy-to-use industrial Linux Platform, especially targeting customers are coming from the Windows / WinCE environment or who have only experience with application development and are not embedded Linux specialists.
The company has now officially launched Torizon, and provided more details about their industrial open source software solution especially optimized for their NXP i.MX modules.
Torizon specifically relies on foundries.io Linux microPlatform which provides full system with a recent stable kernel, a minimal base system built with OpenEmbedded/Yocto, and a runtime to deploy applications and services in Docker containers. The microPlatform is part of TorizonCore (light blue section above) that also includes an OTA client (Aktualizr). TorizonCore is free open-source software, and serves as the base to run software containers.
To get started, Torizon provides a Debian container including apt package manager that allows developers to easily download and try a large number of deb packages. Toradex will also provide a development tools for pin configuration, display settings, performance monitoring and more, with both local and web-based remote UIs.
One of the tools that should help Windows developers is the Torizon Microsoft Developer Environment that integrates with Visual Studio, making Linux application development and debugging more intuitive for Windows developers. .Net support is also available in Torizon, the company is working on a tighter integration, and is giving away 2x 30 support hours (that must be 60 hours…) to qualified developers moving Windows or Windows CE application to Torizon.