Rise in multicore and heterogeneous embedded systems and devices deepen investments in Yocto Project
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 29, 2014 – The Yocto Project, a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project, today announced that AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Mentor Graphics Corporation are increasing their investments in the embedded Linux project. Both companies are becoming Gold-level members of the project and will sit on the Yocto Project Advisory Board.
The Yocto Project reduces fragmentation in the embedded market by providing developers with greater consistency in the software and tools they’re using across multiple architectures for embedded Linux development. It is a collaborative, open source project that provides templates, tools and methods to help developers create custom, embedded, Linux-based systems, regardless of hardware architecture.
AMD and Mentor Graphics will maximize their investments in the Yocto Project and deepen their commitment to the embedded Linux development community with this latest move. The two companies recently announced a multi-year partnership to deliver open source embedded Linux software tools for AMD Embedded processors that comprise multicore and heterogeneous systems targeting data storage and networking, industrial automation, Internet of Things (IoT) and visual applications.
“The Yocto Project brings together the technical community and market leaders to advance embedded software development for everyone,” said Mike Woster, COO at The Linux Foundation. “AMD and Mentor Graphics recognize the power of this collaboration and Yocto Project technologies to advance embedded development for IoT apps and beyond, and we look forward to their increasing contributions to the project.”
The Yocto Project Advisory Board is comprised of Gold and Silver members of the project. These representatives provide non-technical counsel on topics such as finance, advocacy and outreach, infrastructure management and community management. The Yocto Project technical leadership and governance is merit-based; maintainers and technical leaders are selected based on the quality and quantity of their code contributions to the project.
“Linux is pervasive in embedded computing, and the Yocto Project allows companies and developers to advance embedded development for a new generation of devices powered by AMD embedded CPUs, APUs and GPUs,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “We are looking forward to providing comprehensive solutions to the embedded Linux community with our current and upcoming products, collaboration with Mentor Graphics and the Yocto Project.”
“As longtime contributors to the Yocto Project, we will continue to increase our commitment and investment in this project, which has become a collection of essential building blocks for the embedded Linux development community,” said Scot Morrison, general manager of embedded runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “We are pleased to be working with the Yocto Project and AMD to enable Linux development for AMD’s processor roadmap.”
Other Advisory Board members of the Yocto Project include Gold members Freescale, Intel, Juniper Networks, LSI, OpenEmbedded, Sakoman, Inc., Texas Instruments and Wind River Systems. Silver members of the Advisory Board include Dell, Enea AB, Huawei, LG, MontaVista Software, OS Systems and Renesas.
For more information about the Yocto Project, please visit: http://www.yoctoproject.org 
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